Regarding the latter most, I'm holding out hope that hard numbers will lessen airtime devoted to them in the future:
The national viewer tally reported by Nielsen Media Research for ABC's live, three-hour-plus telecast [of the Oscars] on Sunday was down about 1 million viewers [to 32 million] from the previous record low, set in 2003 when the Oscars were presented just after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq had begun. ...In '98, the year of Titanic, 20% of the country tuned in. A decade later, fewer than 11% did. I understand the slate of films released during '07 were devoid of any big blockbusters, but attrition in favor of other forms of virtual entertainment, like YouTube and video games, strikes me as a good. The former, created less than three years ago, is now among the top five most visited sites in the country. Video game sales, which surpassed total box office revenues in the US in 2001, will likely more than double box office revenues in 2008.
Sunday's broadcast, with comedian Jon Stewart making his second appearance as Oscar host, now ranks as the smallest U.S. TV audience for the Oscars since 1974, when actual viewer totals first became available.
The national household rating of 18.7 also marks the lowest level by that measure going back to the very first televised Oscars in 1953.
These new forms of entertainment are more interactive, less ideologically rigid, and potentially offer rich, intimate character development that is difficult to accomplish on the big screen. And they offer a means to "depussify" the lives of the next generation!