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Viewership of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony improved significantly from last year’s least-watched-ever broadcast—but still remained near record lows—according to Nielsen data released Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported, despite producers’ decision to change the show in an effort to attract a wider audience.

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ABC’s Oscars broadcast averaged a viewership of 16.62 million viewers, in a final count that included streaming and digital audiences.

That’s an increase of over 6 million viewers from last year, or roughly 60%, when the pared-down ceremony had a record-low viewership of 10.4 million.

The 2022 ratings are the second-lowest Oscars viewership since Nielsen began tracking the show, according to the New York Times,

In 2020, before the pandemic started, the Oscars had a then-record low viewership of 23.6 million, according to bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times,