February 10, 2020 at 5:28 pm #1203342269
Oscars suffered the lowest viewership in it’s history with somewhere between 20-26 million, losing roughly 6 million viewers in one year. A worrisome trend for film and Oscar watchers.
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerFebruary 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm #1203342283
Think they’ll go back to Hosts? It might be better than doing nothing…
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerFebruary 10, 2020 at 6:34 pm #1203342303
They need a host. They should bring back billy crystal or whoopi goldberg. Or have both Steve martin and Chris rock host.February 10, 2020 at 6:35 pm #1203342305
I think it’s the politics that’s turning people off and the fact that more and more people are switching to streaming services instead of cable.
I thought the ratings would be higher because the nominees this year are movies most people have actually seen. I guess not.February 10, 2020 at 7:47 pm #1203342332
Guys it was the week after the Super Bowl. We got to give our livers time to recharge and you know actually see the movies.February 10, 2020 at 7:58 pm #1203342335
I think the short Oscar season really hurt as less momentum built up. Also the show is becoming more unwatchable: no host, to many bad musical numbers, bad production, trying to hard to appeal to young voters. Also I think people are tired of all the controversy every year over #oscarsowhite. The same thing happened in the nfl football ratings with all the players kneeling down. People don’t want to keep hearing the same thing every year. The Academy is making corrections with its membership and you can see change slowly happening, but it will not happen over night and the Academy can only nominate the best performances they have to choose from.February 10, 2020 at 8:42 pm #1203342353
Get Tom Hanks to host!February 10, 2020 at 11:15 pm #1203342443
Man, watch them blame it somehow to Parasite winning…
Truth is, they should have other ways to measure viewership and place the products who’re sponsoring them. Why can’t they stream it and play ads then? Like tv but on a streaming site lol
I just love movies. And awards.February 10, 2020 at 11:57 pm #1203342481
If they had it on Netflix, more people would be able to watch it globally
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN- Picture, Director, Actress, ScreenplayFebruary 11, 2020 at 2:29 am #1203342557
I predicted this! Other than Parasite, who was there to root for?
The nominees were terrible this year.
And just as I predicted, they trotted out all of the black talent to try and get people to tune in. I’m still shocked Hudson and Legend weren’t called.February 11, 2020 at 3:02 am #1203342572
People just don’t watch live tv as much as they used to.February 11, 2020 at 3:06 am #1203342576
Streaming vs cable has nothing to do with it. Putting it on Netflix isn’t going to gain viewership. If anything doing that would kill it. It isn’t the nominees either. People get tired of political tirades and the hypocritical superficiality of many celebrities when the lives they lead are compared to the political rants they spew. The ceremony itself has grown to complete bloat, this year at 3:36, up over ten minutes from last year. It starts an hour and a half before that with all the red carpet pre-show melodrama. That’s over five hours, 75% of which is snooze-worthy droning during which people just want to get on with it. Chop it down in length, jettison politics, focus on reading the categories, hand out the statues, limit remarks to 30 seconds of thanks, and be done with it. Watch the newsreels and earliest broadcasts from decades ago. Much more streamlined. Epic spectacle isn’t working. Less, much less, would be more.February 11, 2020 at 4:25 am #1203342605
It’s still the highest rated awards show and the highest rated non-sporting live show on TV.
Everything on TV has lower ratings now. I don’t know why the Oscars are the only ones who should change but they don’t say the same thing to the Grammys which have even LOWER ratings than the Oscars this year.February 11, 2020 at 5:20 am #1203342630
I do think that they need to be able to broadcast the Oscars in a better way internationally. I was unfortunately on vacation this year outside the U.S. and I was only able to watch the Oscars with no sound on a local TNT network. With all the technology that there is today and with the overwhelming amount of people who watch television by streaming, there should have been an option to watch the awards online (without having basic cable). ABC needs to make a deal with Hulu to live stream next year… they can combine the viewership numbers and I bet those numbers would go through the roof!
Additionally, from what I saw, it seemed like a poorly produced show this year. We need someone exciting like a Dave Chapelle to host the Oscars. He would bring in viewers just to see him alone.February 11, 2020 at 6:32 am #1203342712
To paraphrase Bong Joon-ho, these numbers are very local: The Oscars are still a massive TV event worldwide, aside from cable, there’s usually at a dubbed transmission on each country’s Network TV, and it will likely be at the top of social media’s trending topics, worldwide and country by country, throughout the show.
And they should capitalize on that. I’d recommend having the ceremony earlier in the day so that it maximizes the audience worldwide, say, at 15:00 LA time or earlier.
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