Billy Crystal Hosted Oscars Draw 39.3 Million Viewers

Posted Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:17 AM GMT

It’s the mother of all award shows and, with Billy Crystal leading the night as host, the 84th Annual Academy Awards drew in an impressive 39.3 million viewers on Sunday (February 26).

According to Deadline, this year’s viewership went up 4% compared to last year - making it the second most-watched Oscar ceremony over the past five years.

Below is the historical data for the Academy Awards’ audience over the past 10 years, along with the Best Picture winner of that year:

2012 39.3 million “The Artist”
2011 37.9 million “The King’s Speech”
2010 41.3 million “The Hurt Locker”
2009 36.3 million “Slumdog Millionaire”
2008 32.0 million “No Country For Old Men”
2007 40. 2 million “The Departed”
2006 38.9 million “Crash”
2005 42.1 million “Million Dollar Baby”
2004 43.5 million “Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King”
2003 33.0 million “Chicago”
2002 41.8 million “A Beautiful Mind”
2001 42.9 million “Gladiator”

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