No host + “Black Panther” = ?
The 2019 Oscars have already been a bit of a disaster: We had a host, we lost a host. AMPAS and ABC said they were moving four previously televised awards to commercial breaks — a call that didn’t go over so well and was rather swiftly reversed.
But as per usual, Nielsen’s TV ratings will have the final say in how this year’s Academy Awards actually fared.
Is the host-less ABC special doomed to be the lowest-rated Oscars ever? Or could Sunday’s show pleasantly surprise come Monday’s Nielsen returns?
Recent history — and a pair of industry ratings experts — point(s) to either option.
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