The 93rd Academy Awards Show TV Ratings Nose-Dive, Drop Nearly 60% From 2020 Show

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 93rd Academy Awards are in the books and it was a historic night, with 17 trophies going to women. Emerald Fennell was the first woman in 13 years to win a screenplay Oscar, earning Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman. There were also several firsts: Yuh-jung Youn from Minari won Best Supporting Actress, the first Korean actress to win an acting Oscar.

In case you missed it, here is a rundown of some of the big winners: Sir Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for The Father. Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Nomadland. Best Picture went to Nomadland. Best Animated Feature went to Soul. And Best Original Song went to singer Her for the song Fight For You.

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the night was actress Glenn Close “doin’ the butt” dance after losing an Oscar for the eighth time. But as entertaining as that moment was, viewership of the Academy Awards is declining as the years go on. Per Nielsen Live+Same Day preliminary national ratings, an average of 9.85 million viewers tuned in Sunday night. That is a 13.75 million viewer drop-off from last year. That’s an almost 60 percent decline.

The show’s last “good” year, ratings-wise, was 2019. Then, it got a 7.7 rating. That was an increase from 2018. That year’s show was the smallest viewing audience with 26.5 million viewers, until Sunday night’s show.

Our question of the night: do you watch the Oscars each year?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge producer Brandon Refour