is probably breathing a sigh of relief today. Ratings for Sunday's 75th Annual Academy Awards
are in, and a record-low number of viewers witnessed the Bowling for Columbine
filmmaker's embarrassing on-stage meltdown. According to Nielsen, 33.1 million viewers watched the ABC telecast — a 21 percent decline from last year. Insiders believe viewers were most likely drawn to war coverage on cable. In related news, Focus Features, the studio behind surprise Oscar darling The Pianist
, announced Monday that the Holocaust drama will expand to 900 screens nationwide this weekend. Also, NBC and sister network Bravo have snagged small-screen rights to best picture winner Chicago
. They can begin airing the film in November 2005.