The audience for Monday's Academy Awards telecast declined for the second consecutive year, ratings figures showed Wednesday, despite successful efforts by the program's producers to tighten it and avoid a repetition of last year's 3 3/4-hour Oscar telecast.
The 1985 Oscar show on ABC, even though it ended 38 minutes sooner than last year's program, was seen in an estimated 23.5 million American homes--nearly 1.9 million fewer homes than watched the 1984 Oscar telecast, also televised by ABC.
According to preliminary A. C. Nielsen Co. ratings figures, Monday's Oscar broadcast got a 27.7 rating, compared to 30.3 the previous year. The program's estimated share of audience also dropped, to 45%, compared to 50% in 1984. The latter figure was 9% lower than in 1983.
Although Monday's Academy Awards telecast doubtless will prove to be this week's highest-rated prime-time program when ratings for the entire week come out Tuesday, the Nielsen figures are bound to be disappointing to academy officials.