Oscars 2015: Canadian Ratings Take 19 Percent Plunge

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The north-of-the-border audience for the Academy Awards on Sunday night marked a six-year low.

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris stripping down to his underwear apparently didn't go over well with Canadians tuning in during a deep Arctic freeze in the Great White North.

Canadian overnight ratings for the 2015 Academy Awards on CTV on Sunday night marked the lowest audience for Hollywood's biggest night since 2009. Bell Media reported Monday that 5.2 million viewers tuned in to the Oscars north of the border, according to Numeris data.

Last year, 6.4 million Canadians watched the Academy Awards, indicating a 19 percent drop. CTV's Oscar red-carpet coverage before the show drew a record audience of 1.34 million viewers, with eTalk hosts snagging interviews with 2015 Oscar winners Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons.

CTV still garnered an impressive 48 percent share for its telecast of the Oscars, with around one in two English-language Canadians tuning in. In all, nearly 13 million Canadians watched some or all of the show, according to Numeris data. 

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