Big studios like Netflix and Disney came away from last night’s Oscars ceremony with quite a few Awards, but ABC left with the lowest numbers in the history of the Academy Awards. Only 9.85 million people watched the show, which is about a 58% drop in audience members from the 2020 Oscars, and in the key demographic, the recent ceremony’s ratings were down 64.2% compared to last year.
ABC hasn’t released their official numbers yet, but it isn’t surprising that the ceremony saw such a large drop in attention. With the pandemic having kept most U.S. theaters closed for the majority of last year, and the downward trend that the Oscar ratings have been seeing in recent years, it makes sense that many may not tune into what was physically the smallest Oscars ceremony in decades. Even Steven Soderbergh behind the camera as a producer on the event wasn’t able to make the event any more enticing.
The numbers could look different when official numbers are released tomorrow depending on how many chose to stream the awards from sites like Hulu+Live, ABC.com, YouTubeTV and others, but it could give a nice boost to the numbers currently coming out. But, it’s very unlikely that any new data will make the viewership and ratings of this year’s awards ceremony look any better.