Last night was Hollywood’s biggest celebration of films and their actors, and it was a monumental night. I mean, I’m guessing it was — I didn’t actually see it. Instead, I was watching the Tina Fey & Amy Poehler movie Sisters, which was way better than I expected and had me LOLing throughout. Apparently all I missed on the Oscars was a bunch of white people winning awards, Sam Smith making an ass of himself (more on that later), and Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting that beloved gold statue. Turns out, I wasn’t actually alone in avoiding all things Academy Awards last night — the 2016 Oscars had the lowest ratings in eight years.
The show drew a 23.4 overnight rating on Sunday night, according to ABC.
The ratings for the three and a half hour broadcast was down 5% from last year’s 24.6 overnight rating and would give the awards its lowest overnight rating in eight years.
It should be noted that overnight ratings can be inaccurate in terms of measuring viewership and more detailed numbers including viewership will be released later on Monday.
The low overnight ratings are surprising seeing that this year’s Oscars were one of the most talked about awards in recent years. This was due to backlash and protests over the Academy’s lack of diverse nominees.
The Oscars are boring as shit, just like every other mainstream awards show. You can bring in whatever host you’d like, have any comedians make dumb joke you’d like, and it’s still going to be boring. That’s just the nature of the beast. Sure, we want to see what everyone wears on the red carpet and who gets to take home those gold statues, but I’d rather just read about it afterwards than have to sit through three insufferable hours.
I am pretty stoked for Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander, though.