Oscar 2020: Telecast Viewrship Sinks to All-Time Low

The 2020 Oscars ceremony was watched by the smallest audience the awards show has ever received.

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda presents the Best Picture Award.

Only 23.6 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night to see “Parasite” sweep to a surprise victory of two major categories: Best Picture and Best Director. That’s a 20%, 6 million viewer drop-off from last year.

The Academy’s second hostless show in a row scored a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast national ratings, a 31% dip from 2019.

Last year’s Oscars delivered a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 29.6 million viewers. That viewership figure, while up 12% from 2018, represented the second smallest audience ever for an Academy Awards telecast at the time.

Then the 2018 telecast delivered the previous smallest viewership tally with 26.5 million viewers.

News of the lows in both metrics isn’t entirely surprising, as awards show numbers in general have been in decline over the past few years.

The 2020 Golden Globes dipped 2% on 2019 to eight-year viewership low, while the 2019 Emmys was the lowest-rated and least-watched in the show’s history.

The Oscars 2020 is still the most watched awards show of the season, however, beating the Grammys by just under 5 million viewers and the Globes by 5.3 million.

“Parasite” was the big winner this year, snagging four wins including a sensational best picture victory at the end of the night. The Bong Joon Ho feature became the first foreign language film to win the top award in the process.

Meanwhile the studio battle ended in a three-way tie between Neon (which distributed “Parasite” in the United States), Sony Pictures and Walt Disney.

“The Irishman” was arguably the most disappointed film of the year, as the Martin Scorsese Netflix feature went in with 10 nominations and left with zero wins. Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Ford v Ferrari” both snagged two wins respectively.