NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Preliminary Oscars ratings from the nation’s biggest markets are down 7 percent from 2010.

The Nielsen Co. said Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast, had a 24.6 rating and 37 share in the nation’s 56 largest markets. The same count for last year’s show had a 26.5 rating and 40 share.

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Tom Sherak, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tells KNX 1070 no matter how the ratings fluctuate, critics will always have negative comments about the telecast.

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Nielsen didn’t immediately have an estimate on how many people watched the show overall; that was expected later Monday. Last year’s Oscars ceremony was watched by 41.7 million people.

Despite the overall dip, Nielsen said ratings among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic were down only 2 percent. The Oscars brought young actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway on as hosts to appeal to a younger audience.

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