The Oscars ended its four-year streak of dwindling viewership, reaching 29.6 million on Sunday to beat final 12 months’s viewers by 12 %, nevertheless it nonetheless represents the second-smallest viewers within the award present’s historical past.
The 2018 present had reached solely 26.5 million viewers, a determine that set off alarm bells at ABC and the movement image academy.
This 12 months’s present featured motion pictures with extra field workplace juice than within the latest previous. It offered a water-cooler controversy over the deserves of greatest image winner Green Book, and a few memorable musical performances by Queen and the duo of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
It additionally went with no host after Kevin Hart backed off, though the trio of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph provided what was basically a gap monologue.
The Oscars is usually the most-watched leisure program of the 12 months, typically solely second to the Super Bowl. Yet its viewership had declined steadily since hitting 43.7 million in 2014, the Nielsen firm stated.
Despite this 12 months’s rebound, it nonetheless represents solely the second time since Nielsen has been measuring that viewership slipped beneath 30 million individuals.
The greatest Oscars viewers ever recorded got here in 1998, when 55.2 million individuals turned out to see Titanic named greatest image.
ABC additionally stated Monday that its preview of the drama Whiskey Cavalier was seen by four.2 million individuals after the Oscars ended.