Did the morning after radio chat with my buddy Mike Miller at Lima, Ohio’s WIMA this a.m. The subject, of course, was Oscars and despite a little mid-show Crystal correction what a drag it all was this year.
It’s not just me saying it. Roger Ebert called it the worst Oscarcast he’s ever seen. Salon’s Matt Zoeller Seitz deconstructs co-host James Franco’s “Oscars of Apathy.” John Doyle rants that the Oscars are so over.

Billy Crystal: he knows Oscars

I’m not as articulate–Miller called at 7:05 this morning–but I think you’ll get the gist. You can listen in here.
UPDATED OSCAR RATINGS: CTV pulled 6,113,000 viewers for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards according to overnight estimates. That’s up in Canada over the 5.9 million who watched last year. CTV got 2,259,000 for the Oscar pre-show, with 897,000 watchig the eTalk Oscar special.
It was a different story in the U.S. where the Oscars shed 12% of its 18 to 49-year-old viewers compared to year-ago numbers, drawing 37.6 million on ABC.

EARLY REPORT: Overnight ratings are starting to trickle in and indications are that the numbers are down compared to last year, in the U.S. at least. TV By The Numbers reports fast affiliate ratings are off by about 15% so far, which would translate into an average of around 33.5 million ABC viewers, but the site says expect that to be adjusted upwards as more overnight data comes in. Check back here later Monday for updates and Canadian Oscar rating overnights.

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