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2024 Oscars Ratings Gets Kenergy With 19.5 Million Viewers

2024 Oscars Ratings Gets Kenergy With 19.5 Million Viewers


Sunday’s Oscars were more than Ken-ough for ABC.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that ratings for the 96th Oscars on ABC drew an average audience of 19.5 million total viewers and a 3.81 rating in the Adults 18-49 demo.

With the numbers, the Oscars grew for the third straight year in total viewers, surpassing 2023’s totals by nearly 1 million viewers.

According to Nielsen’s final numbers, last year’s ratings climbed 13% to reach an average of 18.8 million viewers and a 4.0 rating in the demo. In 2022, the Oscars averaged 16.6 million total viewers and a 3.8 rating in the demo.

Despite the rise in ratings, the numbers still fall short of the Oscars’ glory days, with the telecast reaching 29.6 million viewers as recently as 2019.

In addition to Nielsen’s figures, Samba TV reports that this year’s event on ABC reached 13.6 million U.S. households in the L+0 window, which is 2% higher than in 2023, with Boomers aged 65-74 over-indexing by 18%.

The ratings boost continues an ongoing trend in linear, with several award shows, including The Grammys and The Golden Globes, growing in 2024.

The Oscars peaked in the final half-hour (10:00-10:29 p.m.) with 21.9 million total viewers, and the ceremony was the No. 1 most-socialed program on Sunday, generating 28.5 million total social interactions and growing 4% from last year’s event.

Following the broadcast, Abbott Elementary scored new series highs in total viewers (6.9 million) and the 18-49 demo (1.42 rating).

Higher rates

Partly helped by 2023’s Oscars ratings climb, Disney Advertising sold out the show’s ad inventory again this year, with a variety of partners spanning 17 categories.

Pricing for this year’s event was slightly up, reaching $1.7 million to $2.2 million for 30-second spots. In 2022, the company was seeking $1.6 million to $2.1 million for 30 seconds.

“The Oscars stage and telecast continues to be the breakthrough moment for the most impactful brand marketers to bring their own creative storytelling to the cultural forefront through new innovation and never-before-seen activations,” Rita Ferro, president of global advertising, Disney, previously said about the ad sales sellout.