- The 90th Academy Awards on Sunday was the least watched in Oscars history with only 26.5 million viewers.
- That’s a 19% drop from last year’s show.
It turns out giving away a Jet Ski and surprising a theater full of people watching “A Wrinkle in Time” wasn’t enough to suck people into watching the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. The official ratings are in and the show fell in viewers 19% from last year, with only 26.5 million watching. That’s an all-time low, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The certain doom was in the air Monday morning when overnight ratings of the ABC telecast, which didn’t wrap up until midnight eastern time, indicated that the show was down 16% from last year’s, averaging a 18.9 rating among households between 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. EST, according to THR.
The 2017 show, which included the best-picture fiasco, earned a 22.4 overnight rating, and ultimately had 32.9 million viewers for the night. That amounts to the second-lowest viewership in Oscars history.
The lowest rating ever for the Oscars before the 2018 edition was 2008’s, hosted by Jon Stewart, which was seen by 31.8 million viewers (that year “No Country for Old Men” won best picture).
With general audiences not interested in the favorites for best picture, and many of the major categories predetermined by Oscar pundits, this year’s show going in didn’t have much drama for the casual movie lover.