The 2018 Oscars registered the lowest-ever TV ratings for any Academy Awards in history.
The big winners at last night’s ceremony included The Shape Of Water, Get Out‘s Jordan Peele, Gary Oldman and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. See a full list of winners here.
The broadcast stretched to nearly four hours, the longest Oscars telecast in over a decade.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that viewers for this year’s event dropped 19 percent from 2017, with an average of 26.5 million tuning in.
Last year saw an average of 32.9 million viewers, while the previous least-watched Oscars ceremony was in 2008 (31.8 million viewers).
While some critics have suggested that the politicised nature of this year’s Oscars was a reason for viewers tuning out, others have credited the low ratings on there being fewer TV viewers across the board.
Ratings for the Grammys dropped 24% this year. The Super Bowl hit a 7-year low. The top scripted network series gets a mere fraction of what the number-one show got 10 or 15 years ago. It's a niche world. And things, as Tony Soprano once said, are trending downward.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 5, 2018
The Oscars didn’t just celebrate movies, but the music that soundtracks them too. The nominees for Best Original Song all took to the stage at LA’s Dolby Theatre to perform at the ceremony, from Mary J. Blige to Miguel and Sufjan Stevens. Watch all the performances here.
Gael García Bernal, Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade won Best Original Song on the night for ‘Remember Me’ from Coco.