Weekend TV Ratings: Academy Awards Viewership Down From Last Year

     February 23, 2015


The TV ratings for the weekend of Friday, February 20th through Sunday, February 22nd are in. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The 87th Academy Awards join most other awards shows this year in posting declining viewing figures. This year’s broadcast was down over 10 percent from last year (although exact numbers are not yet in, and they will probably go up). Still, it seems the show won’t manage to break 40 million viewers this time, averaging 34.63 million, and a 10.3 rating (last year notched a 12.1 prelim that rose to a 13.1 final calibration).

The rest of Sunday on broadcast was filled with reruns, and Saturday was also pretty dead, so let’s skip back to Friday to get some noteworthy info:

  • shark-tank-logo-tv-ratingsThe battle on Friday was between ABC (who won overall with adults in the key 18-49 demographic) and CBS (who won overall with total viewers). ABC’s  Shark Tank at 9 p.m. was up 22 percent to a season high of 2.2 and 8.38 million viewers, while 20/20 at 10 p.m. was up 33 percent to a 1.6 and 7.12 million viewers.
  • Though the ratings weren’t quite as strong, CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 (1.4) at 9 p.m. had 10.5 million viewers, while Blue Bloods (1.5) at 10 p.m. brought in 11.62 million viewers. Sheer brute force of numbers, there.
  • NBC finished third thanks completely — and incredibly — to a rerun of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th Anniversary Special, which brought in a 1.5 and 5.06 million viewers.
  • In non-weekend TV ratings news, AMC has released its full data for Better Call Saul‘s third episode. It delivered a total of 5.8 million viewers, 3.7 million of whom were in the key 18-49 demographic, in the Live +3 calculations. That means that Saul‘s Monday standings are both strong and steady since its two-night premiere.