The Oscars have been on a downhill trend since last year. But this year’s numbers might clock in with record-breaking lows. With 34.3 million viewers, according to Fast National ratings, the show ranked as the third-lowest in the past 15 years.
Here are the numbers and the hosts for each of the past 15 years, according to Deadline.
2016 34.3 million Spotlight Host Chris Rock
2015 37.3 million Birdman Host Neil Patrick Harris
2014 43.7 million 12 Years A Slave Host Ellen DeGeneres
2013 40.3 million Argo Host Seth MacFarlane
2012 39.3 million The Artist Host Billy Crystal
2011 37.9 million The King’s Speech Hosts Anne Hathaway/James Franco
2010 41.3 million The Hurt Locker Hosts Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin
2009 36.3 million Slumdog Millionaire Host Hugh Jackman
2008 32.0 million No Country For Old Men Host Jon Stewart
2007 40. 2 million The Departed Host Ellen DeGeneres
2006 38.9 million Crash Host Jon Stewart
2005 42.1 million Million Dollar Baby Host: Chris Rock
2004 43.5 million Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King Host Billy Crystal
2003 33.0 million Chicago Host Steve Martin
2002 41.8 million A Beautiful Mind Host Whoopi Goldberg
2001 42.9 million Gladiator Host Steve Martin
Interesting. To look on Twitter, you would think the show was as popular as ever. There was plenty of discussion. But despite Chris Rock’s highly anticipated monologue and all the #OscarsSoWhite controversy surrounding the lack of Black nominees, and Leonardo DiCaprio taking home his first gold man, people just didn’t tune in like they have in the past.
Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? Are you surprised to see that the numbers are so low?