Television viewers could barely stifle a yawn for Hollywood’s biggest night, with the Academy Awards plunging to a record-low viewership of 26.5 million people.
The Nielsen company said that’s a 20 percent drop from the 33 million who watched the 2017 show, which was also hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Oscar viewership is often tied to the box office muscle of the big nominees, and best picture winner “The Shape of Water” only grossed $57.4 million in the United States.
It’s the first time the Oscars have drawn fewer than 30 million people, in Nielsen records that go back to 1974. The Academy Awards are often the most-watched television program of the year after the Super Bowl, but this year’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony from Pyeongchang reached 27.8 million.
The previous low-water mark for the Oscars came in 2008, when “No Country For Old Men” won best picture.
Only four years ago the Oscar reached nearly 44 million viewers. The biggest Academy Awards audience on record came in 1998, when the blockbuster “Titanic” was named best picture.
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Javier • 13 days ago
Awards shows used to be fun to watch but now it’s just a bunch of entertainment elitists thinking they are far smarter than the peons. Most people are not interested in being lectured for 4 hours on how they should live and behave from a bunch of millionaire crybabies. This isn’t that surprising.
Hyperion-Rage • 13 days ago
Because real Americans don’t want to watch a bunch of whiny liberal losers bash the president and preach their hypocrisy over and over again. We’re sick an tired of them inserting politics into every little thing. This will continue. Hollywood was, is, and will always be, out of touch.
The United States • 13 days ago
Next year’s 91st Academy Awards show should be MORE political!
Every single moment available to Jimmy Kimmel, should be jokes and rant against Donald Trump.
Every single acceptance speech should be angry against anyone who’s not a liberal, against conservatives, against the NRA, Pro LGBTQ, Pro illegal Immigration, Anti-Tax Breaks for Corporations, Pro Obamacare, No borders, etc.
I know I’m missing more ideas, but it should be way more political. I can’t wait!!
Winfrey/Clooney in 2020!!!”