The Academy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday night, and while most of the attention is on the winners and losers and whether the host is funny, another closely watched aspect of Oscar night are the TV ratings for the often laboriously long ceremony.
The Oscars usually do pretty well with viewers, who can't seem to get enough of the stars on display, whether they're posing on the red carpet or tripping over steps on their way to collect their awards and thank their agents, third-grade drama coaches, co-stars, directors, producers and physical trainers.
But since we have to wait to see how the 86th Academy Awards turn out, we can take time now to look at Oscars' past as a sort of prologue for Sunday night. Here are some numbers on telecasts from years gone by.
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(Sources: TV ratings and demographics from Nielsen: ad figures from Kantar Media.)
—By CNBC's Mark Koba. Follow him on Twitter@MarkKobaCNBC.