Sunday night’s 93rd Oscar ceremony was perhaps the least watched Academy Awards show of all time.
Per Nielsen Live+Same Day preliminary national numbers, an average of 9.85 million viewers tuned in on Sunday evening to watch a more intimate and stripped-down version of the Oscars in the midst of a pandemic. That’s a 58.3%, 13.75 million viewer drop-off from last year. The Academy’s third host-less show in a row scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast national ratings, a 64.2% dip from 2020.
For comparison, last year’s ceremony garnered a 5.3 rating in the key demographic and 23.6 million viewers per the night’s time-zone adjusted fast national charts. The Oscars in 2019 delivered a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 29.6 million viewers. While up 12% from 2018, that viewership figure represented the second-smallest audience ever for an Academy Awards telecast at the time. 2018 delivered the previous smallest viewership tally with 26.5 million viewers.
The steady decline of the audience is due in no small part to the constant drum of progressive politics from the podium.
That didn’t stop Travon Free, a director of the best live action short film, “Two Distant Strangers,” from giving one of the most anti-police acceptance speeches of the night.
“Today the police will kill three people, and tomorrow the police will kill three people, and the day after that the police will kill three people because on average the police in America every day kill three people,” Free said, wearing an outfit with names of shooting victims. “That accounts for about 1,000 people a year. Those people have been disproportionately black people.”
It may be worth noting that approximately 30 black men were killed by police in the first three months of 2021, compared to 50 whites and 20 Hispanics. Saying those killed are disproportionately black is dishonest and an exagerration.
However, Tyler Perry, winner of the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, offered a different tone Sunday night when he asked the audience to renounce hatred in all forms, including against the police.
“My mother taught me to refuse hate, she taught me to refuse blanket judgment,” Perry said. “With all of these internet and social Internet algorithms, it is my hope that all of us would teach our kids to just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.
“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican, or because they are Black or White or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I want to take this Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and dedicate it to whoever wants to stand in the middle. That’s where conversation happens, that’s where change happens.”
Too bad Mr. Perry’s comments aren’t going to go viral or start any hashtags.