Were Oscar Ratings Worse Than Other Major COVID-Era Awards Shows? | Chart

Only one COVID-era awards show managed to stave off 50%-plus declines

Most of the TV industry saw it coming well before Sunday, but with final Nielsen data in today, one of this year’s biggest Oscar predictions was confirmed: The 93rd annual Academy Awards won worst Oscars ever in terms of viewership.

The 2021 Oscars drew 10.4 million total eyeballs and a 2.1 rating in the key advertiser-friendly demographic of viewers ages 18 to 49, according to final time-zone adjusted Live + Same Day Nielsen numbers (which includes out-of-home viewing data). That puts Sunday’s telecast, which aired live with an in-person show that took place at Union Station in Los Angeles, down 56% in total viewers and 60% in ratings.

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Jennifer Maas

Jennifer Maas

TV Reporter • jennifer.maas@thewrap.com • @jmaas421

Tony Maglio

Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio