Feb 10, 2020 - Economy

2020 Oscars viewership falls to record low

Bong Joon Ho accepts the award for Best Director for "Parasite" during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020.

Bong Joon Ho accepts the award for best director for "Parasite" during the 92nd Oscars. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

23.6 million viewers watched the Oscars award ceremony on Sunday, a 20% drop from last year and its lowest rating ever, Variety reports.

The big picture: Award show viewership overall has been in decline for years. ABC's broadcast, which went without a host for the second consecutive year, was only facing competition from reruns on other major networks on Sunday night.

  • Viewership among 18- to 49-year-olds dipped 31% from 2019.
  • Overall, however, the Oscars remains the most-watched award show of the season, dwarfing both the Grammys and the Golden Globes by around 5 million viewers each.

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