Viewership for the 93rd Academy Awards set a new record when it aired on ABC Sunday night, continuing a long downward trend in ratings that has plagued the Oscars for years. The televised event – which included awards to Anthony Hopkins for Best Actor, Frances McDormand for Best Actress and Nomadland for Best Picture – has seen an audience drop of around 58% since last year’s Oscars, the new all-time low in Oscar history.
According to the rapid delayed national results released by Nielsen, the Oscars were watched by an estimated 9.85 million viewers, with a low score of 1.9 among 18-49 year olds. In terms of this key demo, the show is down 64.2% from last year. For some reason, more and more people seemingly drop out of the Oscars every year. Final numbers could change when streaming data is factored in, but the show is still expected to retain its status as the least watched Oscar ceremony ever.
It’s not the only bad news to befall Hollywood’s biggest night out this year. The end of the series sparked much controversy due to Anthony Hopkins winning Best Actor for The father. As the award was the final Oscar of the evening, it was widely expected that Chadwick Boseman would win posthumously with a tribute to the actor that closed the series. Comparing the revelation to the La La Land and Moonlight Fiasco of 2017, many fans were quick to criticize what happened on Twitter.
Boseman fans were hopeful the actor would win, as it was his only Oscar nomination and the last chance to give the Ma Rainey’s black background star with honor. Hopkins has already won the Oscar for Thesilenceofthelambs, and given that he was also nominated last year for The two popes, the 83-year-old could very well earn more nominations in the future.
To make matters worse, Anthony Hopkins was not present to accept his Best Actor award, which made the end of the series disappointing without a winner’s speech. Hopkins has since posted his acceptance speech on Instagram, paying tribute to Boseman while accepting the award.
“At 83, I didn’t expect to receive this award, really not. I’m very grateful to the Academy and thank you,” Hopkins said. “And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us way too soon. And, again, thank you very much. I really didn’t expect that. So, I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you. “
In addition to Hopkins’ Best Actor win, the night’s other big Oscar winners include Nomadland for the best picture; Chloe Zano (Nomadland) for best director; Frances McDormand (Nomadland) for best actress; Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) Best Supporting Actor; Youn Yuh-jung (Threatening) for Best Supporting Actress; Emerald Fennell (Promising young woman) for Best Original Screenplay; Pete Docter and Dana Murray (Soul) best animated feature film; and Christopher Hamption and Florian Zeller (The father) for the best matched scenario.
ABC will release the final viewership numbers for the 93rd Academy Awards on Tuesday. This news comes to us from Deadline.