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Ellen DeGeneres hosting Oscars: How the show has done in ratings

August 02, 2013|By Ryan Faughnder
  • Ellen DeGeneres, posing last year with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, hosted the Oscars previously in 2007, a show watched by an average of 39.9 million viewers.
Ellen DeGeneres, posing last year with her star on the Hollywood Walk of… (Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty…)

Ellen DeGeneres is, safe to say, a very different pick to host the Academy Awards from 2013 master of ceremonies Seth MacFarlane. 

But DeGeneres, who hosted before in 2007, may not be so different from the "Family Guy" creator when it comes to drawing viewers. 

Some 40.3 million people tuned in to the MacFarlane broadcast, whose performance was widely criticized by viewers and critics as sexist and crude, compared with 39.9 million for DeGeneres, according to Nielsen. That's about a 1% difference. 

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Recently, the Oscars have tried pretty much every kind of host to appeal to various demographics, including young hosts (James Franco and Anne Hathaway), old hosts (Billy Crystal), safe hosts (DeGeneres) and bold hosts (MacFarlane). 

But none have matched the record 1998 telecast when "Titanic" won for best picture. That show, hosted by Crystal, drew more than 55 million viewers.  

Here are some numbers from recent Oscars broadcasts on ABC. 


Host: Seth MacFarlane. Average viewers: 40.3 million. Change from year before: +2%


Host: Billy Crystal. Average viewers: 39.3 million. Change from year before: +4%


Hosts: James Franco, Anne Hathaway. Average viewers: 37.6 millionChange from year before: -10%


Hosts: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin. Average viewers: 41.3 millionChange from year before: +14%


Host: Hugh Jackman. Average viewers: 36.3 millionChange from year before: +13%


Host: Jon Stewart. Average viewers: 32 millionChange from year before: -21%


Host: Ellen DeGeneres. Average viewers: 39.9 millionChange from year before: +3%


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