What to Know
- In part, streaming has made it harder for viewers to view all forms of programming.
- A lack of success at the box office for the best picture nominees has also contributed to the Oscars’ significant decline in viewership.
- The 1998 Academy Awards ceremony was the most-watched, with an average of 55.25 millions viewers watching “Titanic”, then-box-office record-holder, win the best movie Oscar.
According to preliminary Nielsen figures, viewers for ABC’s Oscars broadcast telecast increased 55.9% to 15.36million, which was an increase of 9.85 million last year, but still the second-lowest.
Final figures are expected to be released Tuesday. However, they will not differ from those released Monday. The difference in final and preliminary figures for the Oscars is usually between 100,000 and 300,000.
The 2021 ceremony had 10.403 million viewers.
After comedian Chris Rock joked about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith at the 94th Annual Academy Awards, Will Smith confronted him.
Sunday’s telecast from Dolby Theatre attracted the largest audience during the 27-week-old 2021-22 TV season. It also was the highest for an ABC prime time program since the 2020 Oscars, which averaged 23.639 million viewers.
The factors that contributed to the record-low viewing figures in 2021 include the fact that the ceremony was the first to take place outside of February or March 1988 and the switch in venue to Union Station. Both of these changes were due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Viewership of all programming forms has fallen in recent years due to streaming competition.
A lack of success at the box office for the best picture nominees has also contributed to the Oscars’ significant decline in viewership.
Since 2018, the Oscar ceremonies have averaged less than 30,000,000 viewers. Since 1974, individual viewership numbers have been kept. Since 1976, the Oscars have been aired every year on ABC. Through 2028, the network’s agreement with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for airing them is in effect.
Will Smith ridiculed Chris Rock, actor and comedian, on the Oscars stage. He was then awarded best actor for his performance in “King Richard”; “CODA”The Oscars’ best picture award; and many more.
The 1998 Academy Awards ceremony was the most watched, with an average of 55.25 millions viewers watching “Titanic” win the best picture Oscar.
The awards show on Sunday was full of eye-catching moments.
Will Smith, who made a joke about Jada pinkett Smith, slapped Chris Rock across his face.
Rock turned to Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife, and said, “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.”
The joke touched a nerve. Pinkett Smith has made public statements about her alopecia diagnosis.
Alopecia can be described as a disease in which the body attacks its own hair.
Pinkett Smith was dismayed and shook her head. Rock then reacted to Smith’s walking across the stage. Rock grabbed Rock and slapped him.
Smith was soon back in his chair. He shouted. “get my wife’s name out your (expletive) mouth.”
Soon after Smith received his Oscar for his part in the film, he was back on stage. “King Richard.”
He gave a tearful speech and stated that both his character and Venus Williams’ father inspired him. “fierce defenders”Families
Since then, Smith’s actions have been condemned by the Academy.
Smith also shared an Instagram apology.
Rock stated that he would not press charges.
Here’s Smith’s complete statement:
Violence, in all its forms and manifestations, is harmful and poisonous. At last night’s Academy Awards, my behavior was unacceptable and unjustifiable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job. But a joke about Jada’s health was too much for us to bear, so we reacted emotionally.
Chris, I want to publicly apologize. I was wrong and I was out of my line. My actions are embarrassing and they do not reflect the man I want. In a world filled with love and kindness, violence is not allowed.
I’d also like to apologize for the Academy, producers, and all of those who watched the show. I want to apologize to the Williams Family as well as my King Richard family. My behavior has ruined an otherwise wonderful journey for us all.
“I am still a work in process.”