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Oscars' viewership hits 8-year low

Despite headlines generated by a race row, viewership was 6% down on last year's 36.6 million in the same day "fast national" ratings

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Host Chris Rock (in white) with young presenters Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Attah. Critics reserved their most fulsome praise for Chris Rock, who targeted the Academy with a series of caustic jokes about the Oscars' lack of racial diversity.

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Host Chris Rock (in white) with young presenters Jacob Tremblay (above, left) and Abraham Attah. Critics reserved their most fulsome praise for Chris Rock, who targeted the Academy with a series of caustic jokes about the Oscars' lack of racial diversity.

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THE ABC TV network said on Monday 34.3 million Americans watched the 2016 Oscars, the lowest ratings in eight years for the glitzy culmination to Hollywood's annual awards season.

Despite headlines generated by a race row embroiling the 88th Academy Awards, the audience

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