Ratings: Academy Awards’ Viewership Hits Nearly 10 Year Low

Published: Wednesday 1st Mar 2017 by Rashad

Despite steep competition, a slew of  historic nominations, and a snafu that saw acting legend Warren Beatty announce the wrong name for ‘Best Picture,’ the 89th annual Academy Awards are making history for another reason:  poor ratings.

In fact, the viewership for Sunday’s showing was so low, it comes as the lowest of the decade.  Details inside:

Viewership:  32.9 Million

Via Deadline:

Sunday night’s show drew 32.9 million viewers with a 9.1 rating among adults 18-49.

…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.

Viewership over the last 9 years:

2017 Viewership:  32.9 Million

2016 34.4 million
2015 37.3 million
2014 43.7 million
2013 40.3 million
2012 39.3 million
2011 37.9 million
2010 41.3 million
2009 36.3 million
2008 32.0 million

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  1. Jeans March 1, 2017

    Still a ratings winner! No ratings will be the same every year. It fluctuates. Just like weight!

    • Belladonna March 2, 2017

      I loved the show it was great. Some times change means you will have to take a hit but F the racist people who didn’t watch.

  2. Mariah Carey March 1, 2017

    That’s because (As my son Rocky says) it’s BOR-WING dahhhling!

  3. Linear March 1, 2017

    Nobody was trying to watch that nonsense. I skipped it too. Bad movies and bad actors over-nominated.

  4. King March 1, 2017

    Tbh I don’t watch it either they need to revamp it that’s why ppl be there sleeping ?. Add music performers idk maybe a Wendy willams as a host lol
    Do something.

  5. Biting Truth March 1, 2017

    Who was gonna tune in to see the flop that was Moonlight win Best Picture, and to watch a bunch of phony and out of touch celebrities use their acceptance speech to badmouth Trump? People tuned out in droves. I knew when they went out of their way to pander in a blatant attempt to make up for last years #OSCARSSOWHITE nonsense that the ratings were gonna tank.

  6. Walker March 1, 2017

    No surprise.

  7. ALT-stan March 1, 2017

    audiences don’t support blatantly racist programming…. maybe this year’s wins will win back some of that lost audience but you can’t blame them for switching onto better tv programming options as a result….

  8. UMo March 1, 2017

    I can see why. Look at who and what won. Maybe next year will have better nominations.

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