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Top-10 Most-Watched Academy Awards Broadcasts
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Top-10 Most-Watched Academy Awards Broadcasts

Nielsen’s list of the most-watched Oscar broadcasts since 1974:

RANK DATE NETWORK BEST FILM # OF VIEWERS P2+(MILLIONS)
1 3/23/1998 ABC Titanic 55.2
2 4/11/1983 ABC Gandhi 53.2
3 4/14/1980 ABC Kramer vs. Kramer 49.0
4 4/3/1978 ABC Annie Hall 48.5
5 3/27/1995 ABC Forrest Gump 48.3
6 4/8/1975 NBC GodfatherPart II 48.1
7 3/29/1976 ABC One… Cuckoo’s Nest 46.8
8 3/26/2000 ABC American Beauty 46.3
9 4/9/1979 ABC Deer Hunter 46.3
10 3/29/1982 ABC Chariots of Fire 46.2
source: The Nielsen Company (2009)