TV Biz 41.3 Million Tune in for Academy Awards SHARES By kevin on Mar. 8, 2010 - 3:58 PM Last night’s Academy Awards drew 41.3 million viewers, the most for the broadcast since 2005. Barbara Walters’ Oscars Special, the final one she’ll host, drew 19.2 million in the first half-hour and 22.7 million in the second, according to fast nationals. Last year, the Oscars drew 36.3 million viewers. Overall, viewership has been up for a number of recent award shows.