Television ratings for the 2021 Academy Awards ceremony plummeted by more than 50 percent since last year’s overnight ratings, OutKick reported Monday.
Using a year-over-year calculation, OutKick found that the Oscars, once again, suffered a large and steadily declining viewership blow. In 2020, the awards show garnered 18.1/33. This year, however, the numbers dropped to 8.6/18.
After last year’s Oscar ratings were the lowest the awards show had ever seen, only garnering 23.6 million viewers, expectations for the 2021 numbers were low. One Oscars producer admitted to the New York Times last week that the infiltration of woke politics may be turning viewers away from the once-influential show.
“One recent producer of the Oscars, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential metrics, said minute-by-minute post-show ratings analysis indicated that ‘vast swaths’ of people turned off their televisions when celebrities started to opine on politics,” the New York Times reported.
The Oscars’ decline in viewership and eagerness