Oscar Ratings Down, Eye All-Time Low In Early Estimates


It was an Oscar do-over for host Jimmy Kimmel, producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd and Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Following last year’s Envelopegate, which led to Beatty and Dunaway inadvertently announcing a wrong best picture winner, the quartet’s second go-around went without a hitch.

The good news did not carry over to ratings for the 90th Academy Awards, which (correctly) crowned The Shape of Water as best picture. Last night’t ceremony drew a 18.9 Live+same day rating in the metered market households. That was -16% from last year’s 22.4 rating, which was a nine-year low. The 18.9 appears to be an all-time low for the Oscars, below the previous low ratings point for the Oscars, logged with the 2008 telecast (21.9), hosted by Jon Stewart, when No Country For Old Men won Best Picture.

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