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Oscars slide 7% in early ratingsLos Angeles Times | Feb. 28, 8:36 a.m. PT
Sunday's 83rd Academy Awards telecast, with a hosting duo of James Franco and Anne Hathaway that was drubbed by many critics, scored a 24.6 household rating in the top 56 TV markets, according to early figures from the Nielsen Co. The ceremony, which awarded the best picture prize to "The King's Speech," was off 7% compared with last year but slipped just 2% among viewers age 18 to 49.
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