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It’s Oscar Sunday. Other sites predict the winners. We just care about the ratings for the telecast. Last year’s ceremony earned a 13.1 adults 18-49 rating, up from a 13.0 in 2013.

This year, Neil Patrick Harris will host for the first time. Given the accolades he has received for his stints as the host of the Emmys and the Tonys, odds are he won’t be a total flop.

Other than mega-hit American Sniper, which is considered a longshot to win, and The Imitation Game, which earned more than 150 million dollars worldwide, most of the films nominated for best picture are low budget indies that not that many people have seen. Frontrunners Birdman and Boyhood have earned 37 million and 25 million respectively at the box office. Will the relative obscurity of the nominees have a negative impact on the ratings? Make your prediction!

 

 

Posted by:Steve Baron

VP/Digital for TV station ownership group; Dad to young twins, runner, skier & spend a lot of times in airplanes.

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