No Host, No Problem: Oscars Ratings Rise Year Over Year for the First Time Since 2014

29.6 million watched ABC’s telecast, which saw double-digit increases

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's electric performance of 'Shallow' had been a big part of ABC's marketing campaign. Ed Herrera/ABC

The first host-less Academy Awards since 1989—which ABC had initially worried would cause Oscars ratings to plummet even further—instead resulted in a year over year ratings jump for the telecast, its first audience increase in five years.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.