In interviews leading up to the big night, MacFarlane said that his hosting duties, combined with his work on Family Guy and American Dad!, were taxing. “I’m happy to be doing it and I will be thrilled to have done it, assuming I get out of there in one piece, but I really think this is a one-time thing for me,” he said in an interview with the The Associated Press, adding: “I just don’t like working 150 hours a week. I do like to have some sort of recharge time. I think it makes everything better. If you’re working around the clock, the work starts to suffer. And it hasn’t thus far, but I’m glad [the Oscars are] in a week and a half because I’m getting close to the point where I can’t do six jobs at the same time.”
MacFarlane’s Oscars garnered the show’s best ratings since 2007, increasing four percent over last year. In the prized adult 18-49 demographic, the telecast saw a 19 percent jump in viewers, earning a 12.1 rating. While the box-office success of popular nominees like Argo, Lincoln and Les Misérables certainly helped, interest in first-time host MacFarlane could have also led to the ratings bump.