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Oscars 2016 Chris Rock fails to lift TV ratings

With only 34.3 million viewers, the Oscars award ceremonyhad its lowest viewership in eight years - even Chris Rock's much talked about Monologue couldn't save it.

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According to a report by Deadline, The 88th Oscars awards ceremony is currently the third least watched event in Oscars history with only 34.3 million viewers.

According to Associated Press, Sunday’s numbers is the least since 2008, and also a drop from the 37.3 million people who tuned in to watch the show last year when Neil Patrick Harris hosted.

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(Reuters)

 

ALSO: WATCH CHRIS ROCK'S OPENING MONOLOGUE AT OSCARS 2016

Chris Rock's much anticipated opening monologue and Leonardo DiCaprio's much awaited and hungered first Oscar win weren't enough to boost the Academy Awards' television ratings.

According to "reports, the dip could be from the fact that the biggest box office films of the year were not nominated in the major Oscars categories.

The second-most-watched Oscar ceremony was in 2004 when "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" won Best Picture.

ALSO READ: CHECK OUT HOW CELEBRITIES REACTED TO LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S WIN

The 2016 Academy Awards nominations were announced on Thursday, January 14, 2015, featuring all white actors in the four acting categories.

The obvious lack of diversity led to the resurrection of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and some black actors threatening to boycott the awards ceremony.

Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's acceptance speech below.

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