Scores: Oscars Hit All-Time Low, Down Sharply From First Host-Less Outing

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In the latest TELEVISION ratings, ABC’s broadcast of the 2020 Oscars balanced 23.6 million complete audiences as well as a 5.3 demonstration ranking, down 20 and 30 percent from in 2015’s first host-less outing.

This year’s Academy Awards thus hit brand-new lows in both measures, lagging behind the previous “document owner”– the 2018 Oscars hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

The Oscars outdrew both this award period’s Grammys (which were steady-ish with 18.7 million viewers) and the Golden Globes (which dipped to 18.3 million visitors), making it TV’s most-watched entertainment unique in a year (given that the previous Oscars), though the Grammys edged out the Oscars in the desirable 18-49 demo (having scored a 5.4 ranking).

In 2015’s host-less Oscars delivered 29.6 million complete viewers as well as a 7.7 demonstration rating in Nielsen finals.

Among this Sunday evening’s performances, Janelle Monáe’s opening number balanced a TVLine visitor quality of “B+,” Idina Menzel & & Co. made an “A,” This Is United States‘ Chrissy Metz netted an “A-,” Cynthia Erivo made an “A+” and also Billie Eilish’s “In Memoriam” anthem drew a “B+.” Non-hosts Steve Martin as well as Chris Rock’s opening “mono”-logue, on the other hand, earned an average viewers grade of “B+”

Oscar target markets for the previous 10 years:

2019: 29.6 million complete viewers (no host)
2018: 26.5 million (host Jimmy Kimmel)
2017: 32.9 million (host Jimmy Kimmel)
2016: 34.3 million (host Chris Rock)
2015: 37.3 million (host Neil Patrick Harris)
2014: 43.7 million (host Ellen DeGeneres)
2013: 40.3 million (host Seth MacFarlane)
2012: 39.3 million (host Billy Crystal)
2011: 37.9 million (hosts Anne Hathaway/James Franco, ugh)
2010: 41.3 million (hosts Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin)

Of the several reruns airing opposite the Oscars, CBS’ FBI delivered the biggest audience (4.1 million overall viewers) while likewise landing in a six-way tie for the highest demo rating (racking up a 0.4.).

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