On a night when Hollywood had a lot to celebrate and even more to discuss — in terms of representation, the #MeToo movement and how the industry atmosphere can be improved — the 90th Academy Awards ceremony’s audience was at an all-time low.
According to Nielsen’s fast national live plus same-day ratings, provided by ABC, the 2018 Oscars telecast pulled in an average audience of 26.5 million viewers.
Oscars viewership fell 19.5% from the 32.9 million viewers who tuned in for last year’s ceremony. Both broadcasts aired on the Walt Disney Co.–owned DIS, +0.21% ABC.
The 2018 broadcast’s viewership is the show’s worst since tracking began. Before Sunday, the 2008 ceremony, which drew 31.8 million viewers, had the lowest viewership.
The 2018 ceremony, hosted by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, wasted no time delving into the politics looming over the night. In his opening monologue Kimmel tackled Hollywood’s culture of sexual harassment and assault.
During a divisive night, Kimmel took shots at President Donald Trump’s administration, and throughout the broadcast the academy made continuous pushes for inclusion and representation.