Oscars Early Ratings Rebound From 2018’s All-Time Low

Academy Awards had Jimmy Kimmel as host last year, no one this year

Last Updated: February 25, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

(Editors note: A previous version of this story said that the 2019 Oscars received a 21.6 overnight rating. They have been adjusted for length to a 20.6)

The 2019 Oscars on ABC rebounded in early ratings from last year, according to early ratings, posting a 20.6 rating/34 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.

That initial rating means that Sunday’s show rose 9 percent from 2018, per the earliest-available numbers. This year’s Oscars ran 3 hours and 21 minutes. These metered market ratings cut off at 15-minute increments, meaning the 20.6 covers 8 p.m. ET to 11:15 p.m. ET. So they do not include the Best Picture presentation, in this case.

Last year’s Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, received an all-time low 18.9 overnight rating. That number was down almost 16 percent from Kimmel’s previous turn a year earlier. This year, the Oscars ended up with no host.

The 2018 Oscars ended up tallying 26.5 million total viewers, per Nielsen, which was a record low itself by a pretty wide margin. That sum was down 20 percent year over year. We’ll get Sunday’s overall audience count later today.

Find all the 91st Oscars winners here, or just a simple summation of some of the top awards below.

That’s Regina King we have pictured above. She won Best Supporting Actress for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which was the first award handed out last night.

Green Book” won Sunday’s final trophy — the coveted Best Picture Oscar. The film also brought Mahershala Ali another Best Supporting Actor statuette. “Green Book” won the Best Original Screenplay award as well.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” actually won the most Academy Awards with four. Like “Green Book,” “Black Panther” and “Roma” won three Oscars apiece.

Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) earned Sunday’s top acting honors. Alfonso Cuarón was named best director for “Roma.”

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