February 28, 2011 at 05:40 PM EST

Image Credit: A.M.P.A.S.ABC’s sleepy presentation of the Academy Awards not only turned off most critics (and blew up Twitter), but also sank in the ratings from last year.

The show delivered 37.6 million viewers and an 11.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 12 percent from last year in the demo, despite the Academy picking youth-targeted hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco to draw a younger audience. ABC touted the 83rd annual telecast as having the show’s “second biggest audience since 2007,” and added that the telecast, as is typical, bested the 2010 Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Grammy Awards.

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