US TV Ratings: Oscars Fall to All-Time Lows


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Steve Martin (left) and Chris Rock
ABC’s Oscar telecast reached all-time lows in the ratings, falling sharply from last year.

The three-hour-plus kudocast averaged about 23.6 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49, well below the 29.56 million and 7.7 for 2019’s awards ceremony — which aired two weeks later in the year. The Oscars were down 20 percent year-over-year in viewers and 31 percent in the key ad-sales demo of adults 18-49.

Last year’s Oscars stopped a four-year ratings slide, growing the audience for the first time since 2014.

Sunday’s awards show also falls well short of previous ratings lows for the Oscars, set in 2018. That year the telecast averaged 26.54 million viewers and a 6.8 rating in the demo; Sunday was down 11 percent in viewers and 22 percent in adults 18-49 from prior lows.

The Oscars join the Emmy Awards in suffering steep ratings declines. The September 2019 Emmy broadcast on Fox fell by 32 percent in viewers and 29 percent in adults 18-49 from the previous year. By comparison, the declines for January’s Golden Globes (off by 4 percent in viewers and 10 percent in the 18-49 demo) and Grammy Awards (down 6 percent in viewers, 4 percent in the demo) were fairly slight.

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  1. And should we be surprised ?

    Why would anyone subject themselves to Moronic, Pompous, Low Information, PC, SJW, hypocrites like almost all of the Hollywood Crowd telling the “Great Unwashed” just how to live your life, how to behave and which Greedy, Self Serving politicians to follow down the “Rabbit Hole” of almost everything abnormal ?

    No wonder ALL Awards Show Presentations are experiencing a huge fall off in watchers .

    People are actually expected to follow the lead of people like Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Cher, Streisand, Jim Carrey, and the rest ? Really ?

    I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that if the viewing audience drops off much more the only people clapping for those awarded Statues will be the “People Kind” sitting at surrounding tables .

    Just exactly the way it should be .

  2. And what did the entertainment industry think was going to happen when they decided to get political (i.e. leftist) with their award shows?

  3. Rick – TV Guy

    Great Posts, could not agree more .

    How do they think the “Great Unwashed” viewing audience would react if say Conservatives got up at Awards Shows and mumbled on about their “Fake ” causes ?

    You have to laugh when a Bozo like Robert De Niro jumps up and says he is going to punch Donald Trump in the nose .

    To accomplish that De Niro would need to be standing on TWO New York Phone Books which each included the Yellow Pages .

    Movie Tough Guys should fully understand that they are “Tough Guys” only in the Movie or in their own basements .

    On top of all that from what I am led to believe All of the Awards Shows Hierarchy are contaminated with nothing but PC SJW types so the actual results are about as fair and honest as the Nobel Prizes .

    Then to top it all off the Academy actually expects the poor public that the Obamas actually produced and had input into a production that won an award fairly and squarely . YIKES !

    No Wonder people are walking away in droves .

  4. So what you folks are saying is when the “star” gets up he should be thankful that he has an audience and just SHUT THE F__K UP with his/her political views.

    On top of that these “stars” are all lying sacks of shit. Many promised to move to Canada and never did. I guess were lucky that it was just a wind bag blabbing


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