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Did You Watch The Oscars?

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Feb. 23 2009, Published 4:20 a.m. ET

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There's both good and bad news when it comes to this year's Oscar show.

A preliminary measurement of the nation's biggest markets shows ratings for last night's Academy Awards went up 6 percent over last year, yet the telecast is still likely to be among the three least-watched Oscars ever.

The Academy hoped that by keeping the names of the presenters a secret, it would spike audience interest and bring in more viewers.

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Nielsen Media Research says its estimate of the Oscar audience's size will come later today . Last year's audience of 32 million was the smallest ever measured for an Oscar telecast.

New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were the markets with the highest Oscar ratings Sunday.


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