Oscars TV Ratings Near All-Time Low

Early numbers are in for the 2016 Oscars, and the statistics have the Chris Rock-hosted telecast down more from last year’s lows.

Chris Rock was a Flop!

The telecast ranks as the 2nd-lowest Oscars on record with 34.3-M viewers, per Fast National ratings.

Nielsen’s overnight estimates had the 3.5 hr-long ABC event on track for another drop with an average 23.4 rating among households in 56 of the nation’s biggest TV markets. That is a 6% dive from Y 2015, making for a 7 low in overnights.

The least-watched Oscars on record is still the Y 2008 show hosted by Jon Stewart. That show came in just shy of 32-M viewers.

This year’s Academy Awards show was set to go South.

The fake controversy over the absence of racial of diversity in the acting nominations stood to turn many away from the telecast. And the Q of how black comedian Chris Rock would address “OscarsSoWhite” turned people off, as thinking people understood the contrived hype.

The lesson, you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

Stay tuned…

Paul Ebeling


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