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Oscars ratings plunge to all-time low, dropping 58 percent from last year


This year’s annual Academy Awards had the worst ratings ever. While it was expected that the ratings would drop due to the covid-19 pandemic, it was still shocking to see the numbers released on Monday.

This year’s Oscars ranked just below the most viewed television shows. The last new episode of CBS’s ‘NCIS’ on April 6 which had 10.6 million viewers.

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According to preliminary overnight numbers the Oscars dropped to a record low averaging 9.85 million total viewers. That’s 58% drop from the 2020 edition which had 23.8 million viewers.

This year’s Award ratings in general have drastically dropped and hit record low over the course of the pandemic.

In March the Grammys fell to 8.8 million views which was a 53% drop from 2020 edition. The Golden Globes also saw a 63% drop with 6.9 million views.

Last year in September the Emmys had 6.1 million viewers which was 13% drop from the previous year.

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A number of concerns have been raised on why the Oscars which used to bring in huge numbers had such a low rating with questions such as:

Was it because of the pandemic? Was it because of the films nominated? Was there viewer awareness that the show was even on this weekend?

Should they resume the tradition of having a host?

The next Oscars have been scheduled for Sunday February 27, 2022.

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