When Chris Rock was named host for the 88th Academy Awards in February, it prompted speculation about whether the comedian could revive the show’s ratings, which tumbled last year with Neil Patrick Harris at the helm. Typically, though, it’s not the host that draws the crowds to an Oscar telecast; it’s the popularity of the film nominees. The ceremony’s biggest audience ever was in 1998, when 55 million tuned in to the broadcast, which Billy Crystal hosted and where “Titanic” won for best picture.
A look at Oscar audiences in the last decade:
Year - Viewers - Best Picture winner | Host