According to Deadline, the fiasco that was the finale – with the award for best picture being mistakenly announced as La La Land, when it was really Moonlight – wasn’t the only sour thing to happen to the Oscar’s last night.
The ratings are in, and it turns out that last night’s red carpeted show of glitz, glamour, and acceptance lectures was the lowest viewed Oscars in nine years with only “32.9 million viewers with a 9.1 rating among adults 18-49.”
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time, the 2017 Oscars are down 4% in viewership and 13% among adults 18-49 from what the 88th Academy Awards ended up snagging in its final numbers last year. Like the metered market numbers of early today, that equals a nine-year viewership low for AMPAS’ annual ceremony. In fact, the 2017 Oscars were the third-least-watched of the 21st century.
That’s not all…
“…the four-hour ABC broadcast show got a 22.4/36 in metered market results. Hitting a nine-year low for the Tinseltown ceremony and down again for another consecutive year, that’s just over a 3% decline from what the Chris Rock-hosted and Spotlight Best Picture-winning 2016 Oscars snagged in early ratings.”
As it stands, Jon Stewart’s 2008 Oscars is currently the least watched Oscars with just under 32 million viewers, with Ellen DeGeneres’s 2014 Oscars being the most watched with 43.7 million viewers.