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Oscars 2017 pulls smallest crowd since 2008

ABC's Sunday night broadcast of the Academy Awards hosted by comic Jimmy Kimmel, drew the smallest audience since 2008, despite a memorable ending that will go down in history.
    
Some 32.9 million U.S. viewers watched the ceremony, a four per cent drop from the 2016 Oscars which drew 34.4 million viewers.
    
The 2008 Oscars averaged 32 million viewers.
     
The decline in viewership for the Oscars breaks the streak of higher ratings for award shows in 2017 after both the Grammys and Golden Globes showed gains over last year.  
    
Despite the slide in viewership, the Oscars are still expected to be the most-watched non-sporting event on U.S. television this year.
    
ABC has the broadcast rights for the Oscars until 2028.  
    
The show and Kimmel received generally positive reviews from TV critics.



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