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NOT SO GOLDEN

Sunday's Oscar snoozefest wasn't the ratings dynamo ABC had hoped for. Although preliminary figures indicated that the Chris Rock-hosted ceremony had attracted its widest audience in five years, the final numbers painted a grimmer picture: A total 41.5 million viewers saw Amy Lumet's million dollar babies — down 2 million from 2004, when Lord of the Rings dominated. On the bright side, Rock did manage to lure more young people to the tube; ratings among viewers 18 to 34 were up.

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Sunday's Oscar snoozefest wasn't the ratings dynamo ABC had hoped for. Although preliminary figures indicated that the Chris Rock-hosted ceremony had attracted its widest audience in five years, the final numbers painted a grimmer picture: A total 41.5 million viewers saw Amy Lumet's million dollar babies — down 2 million from 2004, when Lord of the Rings dominated. On the bright side, Rock did manage to lure more young people to the tube; ratings among viewers 18 to 34 were up.