I spoke Monday with CTV News Channel midday anchor Marcia MacMillan about Sunday’s Oscar broadcast. As you can see from the above video, I generally gave the show a positive review, and can see the Academy going with a hostless event again next year. Did anybody really miss watching a busload of tourists wander into the Dolby Theatre, or seeing a jet ski awarded at the end of the show?
Viewers seemed to embrace the hostless format. According to ABC, the U.S. audience rebounded after a drastic, five-year slide. The awards show climbed to 29.6 million viewers in same day viewing, up from the all-time low of 26.54 million the year before but still the second lowest total ever recorded.