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Oscars Ratings Show Slight Increase From Last Year

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Feb. 27 2012, Published 7:17 a.m. ET

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Billy Crystal may have received mixed reviews on his hosting job for the 2012 Oscars, but the ratings say otherwise. Preliminary ratings for the Oscars ceremony shows a slight increase from last year.

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According to Reuters, an average of 39.3 million people watched the Academy Awards compared to 37.6 million last year.

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Since 2007, Billy's show had the second largest audience!

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted last year in hopes of drawing in a younger demographic and the show reportedly retained that audience.

So, do you think the show has Billy to credit for the ratings increase?

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