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Oscars Hit 10-Year Viewership High

Awards Show Averages 43 Million Viewers

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The Academy Awards was watched by an average 43 million people Sunday night, making it the most-watched telecast of the awards show in 10 years.

Last year the Oscars were watched by an average of 40.4 million viewers.

This year's Academy Awards are also the most-watched entertainment program since the "Friends" finale in 2004.

In the all-important 18-to-49 demo, the Oscars delivered a 12.9 rating, roughly unchanged from 2013.

The most-watched Oscars was in 1998, when over 55 million people tuned in to watch "Titanic" take home the award for best picture.

Sunday's Oscars, which were hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, also broke Twitter records, with a selfie posted by Ms. DeGeneres quickly garnering more than a million retweets, surpassing the retweet-record previously set by President Obama.

In total, over 1 billion Twitter TV impressions were accrued across the night, according to ABC.

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