Oscars drop by 6.4 million total viewers from 2014's 10-year high

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Far Fewer People Watched the Oscars This Year
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The 87th Academy Awards pulled in 36.6 million viewers on Sunday night - 6.4 million fewer viewers from last year's 10-year high.

The Oscars earned a 10.8 rating in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, based on Nielsen's fast national ratings. The show was TV's top entertainment telecast overall in a year - since last year's Oscars on March 2.

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Actress Lupita Nyong'o presents the award for Best Supporting Actor to winner actor J.K. Simmons at the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor J.K. Simmons accepts the Actor in a Supporting Role Award for 'Whiplash' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas accept the Best Live Action Short Film Award for 'The Phone Call' during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Bub Asman (R) and Alan Robert Murray accept the Best Sound Editing Award for 'American Sniper' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Patrick Osborne (R), and Kristina Reed accept the Best Animated Short Film Award for 'Feast' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Emmanuel Lubezki accepts the Best Cinematogrphy Award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Laura Poitras, Dirk Wilutzky and journalist Glenn Greenwald accept Best Documentary Feature Award for 'Citizenfour' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Lonnie Lynn aka Common and John Stephens aka John Legend accept the Best Original Song Award for 'Glory' from 'Selma' during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Screenwriters Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Nicolas Giacobone accept Best Original Screenplay for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Alexandre Desplat accepts the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Screenwriter Graham Moore accepts the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for 'The Imitation Game' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Eddie Redmayne accepts the Best Actor in a Leading Role Award for 'The Theory of Everything' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Eddie Redmayne accepts the Best Actor in a Leading Role Award for 'The Theory of Everything' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Julianne Moore accepts the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for 'Still Alice' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Picture award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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