Did you watch the Oscars this year? No? Well, neither did most other Americans, as the Hollywood awards show got its third-worst ratings ever.
The Hollywood Reporter, a Hollywood trade site, tried to make it sound like the Oscars are recovering and starting to do well again, saying:
The Oscars grew their TV audience for the second consecutive year, scoring the highest ratings for the show since 2020.
Sunday’s broadcast of the 95th Oscars averaged 18.76 million viewers and a 4.03 rating among adults 18-49 on ABC, according to time zone-adjusted fast national ratings from Nielsen (the numbers include out-of-home viewing).
That’s a 13 percent improvement in viewers and a 7 percent bump in adults 18-49 from last year’s awards, which delivered 16.62 million viewers and a 3.76 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Sunday’s broadcast drew the largest audience for any awards show since the 2020 Oscars — held a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread lockdowns — averaged 23.64 million viewers. It’s also the most watched entertainment program in primetime this season, passing the 15.66 million viewers for the post-Super Bowl premiere of Next Level Chef on Fox.
How bad is that 18.7 million number? Pretty darn bad. Adding some context to the crushingly bad results, Breitbart’s John Nolte said, in an article titled “Oscar Is Officially Dead – Third-Lowest Ratings in History”:
How bad is 18.7 million viewers?
Well, a mere five years ago, in 2018, Oscar hit its lowest ratings up to that time, and that was with 26 million viewers. Five years ago, everyone panicked over 26 million viewers. Today, 26 million looks like the good old days.
Until 2018, which is when the Woke Nazis, McCarthyite censors, and #MeToo fascists infested everything in entertainment without breaking a sweat, the Oscars attracted between 44 and 33 million viewers. This was expected. This was just the way it was.
And that 18.7 million number comes in a year when Hollywood had two big hits, “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: Way of the Water.” And “Maverick” even had something of a conservative, or at least patriotic, message. But still no one tuned in to watch.
Why not? Well, Jimmy Kimmel was hardly a draw, particularly to the sort of people who have been tuning out of the Oscars. Bring Ricky Gervais back and maybe people would watch just so they can see him mock the Hollyweirdos and call them Epstein’s friends again. But Kimmel? “No way, Jack. That’s a bunch of malarkey,” as our president might say.
And beyond the host, the program just isn’t entertaining or interesting to most Americans. The movies that receive awards are rarely the ones people enjoyed watching, the actors that win awards tend to make fools of themselves and alienate their audiences by pushing some woke message, and the stars don’t even seem as young and attractive as they used to be.
Who wants to watch a wrinkled geezer complain about the angry sun monster to an event he or she showed up to in a limo after flying into town on a private jet? Most Americans will take a pass on that, and the Oscars ratings are in the trash as a result.
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