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Oscars 2020: Viewing Numbers Plummet, Hit All Time Low

It may have been a star-studded night of showcasing winners in film, but the Academy Awards itself seems to have lost its greatest amount of viewers in history.

After last year's Oscar's saw an 11% overall viewership bump over 2018's event, organisers believed they had found the winning formula in the form of a hostless ceremony.

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However, according to this year's numbers, viewers chose to opt-out of the relatively predictable 2020 Oscars ceremony, with roughly 23.6 million viewers tuning in compared to the 29.5 million just one year prior. 

According to results released by Nielsen’s Live + Same Day Fast National ratings, the broadcast, which ran for 3 hours and 35 minutes, scored a paltry 5.3 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demo, previously having scored a more impressive 7.7 among the same demographic.

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Despite a couple of pleasant surprises -- including an unannounced performance by Eminem, South Korea's 'Parasite' taking home four awards including Best Picture as well as Janelle Monáe honouring all the year’s snubs -- winners were, for the most part predictable, with Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix and Reneé Zellweger all taking home an Oscar to join the rest of statues they nabbed this season.

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However, despite the declining rating slump, the Oscars remains the most-watched of all the awards shows.

Here’s how the 2020 Oscars show ranked compared to versus previous years:

  • 2020: 23.6 million (Best Picture winner: Parasite)
  • 2019: 29.6 million (Green Book)
  • 2018: 26.5 million (The Shape of Water)
  • 2017: 32.9 million (Moonlight)
  • 2016: 34.4 million (Spotlight)
  • 2015: 37.2 million (Birdman)
  • 2014: 43.7 million (12 Years a Slave)
  • 2013: 40.3 million (Argo)
  • 2012: 39.3 million (The Artist)
  • 2011: 37.9 million (The King’s Speech)
  • 2010: 41.7 million (The Hurt Locker)
  • 2009: 36.3 million (Slumdog Millionaire)
  • 2008: 32.0 million (No Country for Old Men)
  • 2007: 40.1 million (The Departed)
  • 2006: 38.9 million (Crash)
  • 2005: 42.1 million (Million Dollar Baby)
  • 2004: 43.5 million (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  • 2003: 33.0 million (Chicago)
  • 2002: 41.7 million (A Beautiful Mind)
  • 2001: 42.9 million (Gladiator)
  • 2000: 46.3 million (American Beauty)
  • 1999: 45.6 million (Shakespeare in Love)
  • 1998: 55.2 million (Titanic)

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