Because despite an evening full of twists, Mean Tweets, and Matt Damon digs, the 89th Academy Awards didn’t do so hot in the ratings department.
According to the early numbers from Nielsen, the nearly four-hour show averaged an overnight 22.4 rating in metered market results, making it the lowest rated Oscars in NINE years!
This year’s show dipped 3% from when Chris Rock hosted in 2016, which saw a 23.4 rating — or roughly 34.43 million viewers.
Despite ranking as the longest in 10 years, Sunday’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted ceremony surprisingly did not see a dip in viewership towards the end, but remained steady throughout the ABC broadcast.
Most people tuned in during the 9 o’clock EST hour, well before the now-infamous Best Picture mix-up that will undoubtedly go down in Oscar history.
However, 2017’s ceremony was still 10 million viewers shy of those who tuned in to 2014’s Ellen DeGeneres hosted show, which was the highest rated broadcast in the 21st century with 43.7 million viewers.
We have a feeling the President will be sure to comment on how this year’s show was a total disaster — because now he has the overnight ratings (and dramatic mix-up) to prove it. Sad!
No matter how many people watched during the broadcast, this year’s Oscars will surely be talked about for quite some time!
See the viewership (along with Best Picture winner and host) of the past several Academy Awards (below)!
2016: 34.4 million, Spotlight (Chris Rock)
2015: 37.3 million, Birdman (Neil Patrick Harris)
2014: 43.7 million, 12 Years a Slave (Ellen DeGeneres)
2013: 40.3 million, Argo (Seth MacFarlane)
2012: 39.3 million, The Artist (Billy Crystal)
2011: 37.9 million, The King’s Speech (Anne Hathaway/James Franco)
2010: 41.3 million, The Hurt Locker (Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin)
2009: 36.3 million, Slumdog Millionaire (Hugh Jackman)
2008: 32.0 million, No Country For Old Men (Jon Stewart)
2007: 40. 2 million, The Departed (Ellen DeGeneres)
2006: 38.9 million, Crash (Jon Stewart)
2005: 42.1 million, Million Dollar Baby (Chris Rock)
2004: 43.5 million, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Billy Crystal)
2003: 33.0 million, Chicago (Steve Martin)
2002: 41.8 million, A Beautiful Mind (Whoopi Goldberg)
2001: 42.9 million, Gladiator (Steve Martin)
[Image via ABC.]