ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards' Scores its Most-Watched Post-Oscar Telecast Ever

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February 27th, 2012

via press release:

Based on Nielsen’s True Fast National Ratings:


“Jimmy Kimmel Live – After the Academy Awards” (12:20-1:16 a.m.) 

On its seventh post-Oscar telecast, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards” soared over last year’s telecast by 14% in Total Viewers (5.061 million vs. 4.453 million) and by 8% in Adults 18-49 (1.873 million vs. 1.738 million), marking “JKL’s” most-watched post-Oscar telecast ever. Host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed icon, philanthropist, Oscar nominee and Emmy® Award winner Oprah Winfrey, who appeared at the 84th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday and was the recipient of the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Grammy-winning Coldplay ended the night with a Hollywood block party performance on “JKL’s” outdoor stage before thousands who were in attendance to honor movies’ biggest night.


  • “After the Academy Awards” was also up over the prior year’s telecast by 8% with Women 18-49 (1.110 million vs. 1.032 million) and by 8% with Men 18-49 (762,000 vs. 705,000).


  • Among all “Jimmy Kimmel Live” telecasts, Sunday’s post-Oscar show attracted the ABC late-night program’s 2nd-largest-ever audience (behind only its post-Super Bowl airing on 2/5/06), and scored its highest young adult number in nearly 2 years (since 3/7/10).


  • “After the Academy Awards” posted gains in Adults 18-49 over the prior year’s telecast in 6 of the Top 10 Metered Markets: Los Angeles (+6%), Philadelphia (+45%), Dallas (+176%), Washington D.C. (+31%), Atlanta (+1%) and Houston (+30%).




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