Feb 10, 2020 - Economy & Business

2020 Oscars viewership falls to record low

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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