Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday night? No? Well, neither did most other Americans, as the woke ceremony received far from stellar ratings, as an industry watcher website reported, saying:
Initial numbers for last night’s Oscars were close to 19 million. That’s up from last year, and the biggest numbers of all awards shows this season. ABC says total viewers came to 18.7 mil, up 12% from last year.
The Academy Awards brought in three times the number of the Golden Globes from back in January, too.
The show was so well produced and moving, and funny, that there will surely be a lot of delayed viewing before the finals come in tomorrow.
That came after an initial report that ratings were just around 16 million, barely an increase from last year:
Oscars Are Back! 2023 Ratings Near 16 Mil, Increase from 2022, Biggest Numbers of All Awards Shows This Season – https://t.co/xfQC9IVJ5L
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) March 13, 2023
Pointing out that a minor increase wasn’t particularly important or indicative of the Oscars being back, one commenter said, “15.3 million in 2022 to “Just under 16 million” in 2023 is not a meaningful increase. Hardly a reason to proclaim “The Oscars are Back”. 40 million in 2000 to the low viewership now shows how much people don’t care about Hollywood heaping praise on themselves.”
Even if the ratings were closer to 18 or 19 million that 16 million, that’s still a far cry from back when Hollywood was popular. Breitbart’s Nolte hammered that same point in an article on the subject, saying:
Regardless, Roger Friedman is embarrassing himself with his “Oscars are Back!” headline. How could the Oscars be back when last year 16.6 million tuned in, and that was a catastrophe—when that was the second-lowest viewership in Oscar telecast history?
Here’s a look at the last decade:
2013: 40.3 million
2014: 43.7 million
2015: 37.3 million
2016: 34.4 million
2017: 32.9 million
2018: 26.5 million
2019: 29.6 million
2020: 23.6 million
2021: 10.4 million (virus year)
2022: 16.6 million
2023: 16 million
How could the Oscars be back when it was deemed a humiliation when only 23.6 million tuned in back in 2020? Until the Woke Nazis infested Hollywood, the Oscars hit between 30 and 40 million viewers without breaking a sweat. Are we really going to grade on a woke curve where 16 million viewers means the Oscars are Back!.”
Again, even if the 2023 number was closer to 18 or 19 million than the 16 million number initially reported, the Oscars are hardly “back.” They might be better than during Covid, but aren’t back to pre-Covid levels, much less early 2000s levels.
As Nolte added, “I can’t find it now, but one of the bootlicking trades said the Oscars would be in serious trouble if last night’s telecast failed to attract 20 million viewers, especially with two of the biggest hits of the year up for Best Picture — Avatar: Way of the Water and Top Gun: Maverick.”
Indeed. The Oscars had two huge movies as wind in the event’s sails this year and still couldn’t bring in as many viewers as it needed to if it wanted to remain relevant…and no wonder. Who wants to watch woke Jimmy Kimmel make jokes at the expense of real Americans while woke actors pat themselves on the back for being woker than other people in the audience? I was happy to take a pass and most real Americans were as well, as reflected by the horrible ratings.
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