The viewers for the 2023 Academy Awards broadcast improved considerably on final yr’s unimpressive figures, with a 12% bounce on what was the second worst ratings performance in historical past.
Early rankings from Nielsen, supplied to the Hollywood Reporter, mentioned that the present on ABC attracted a mean of 18.7m viewers, in comparison with 16.6m in 2022. The viewers share in the important thing 18-49 age demographic additionally improved, from 3.76 final yr to 4.0.
Whereas the uptick is sweet information for the Oscars and its umbrella organisation the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences (Ampas), the numbers are nonetheless the third lowest ever recorded because the Oscars battle to get better from the disastrous 2021 edition, whose last rankings closed at 10.4m.
This yr’s version noticed the return of a standard fashion host in Jimmy Kimmel, a comparatively fashionable winner in multiverse comedy Every thing In every single place All at As soon as, and a largely controversy-free night. With the 2021 and 2022 exhibits affected by the pandemic, the closest level of comparability is the 2020 occasion, which managed 23.6m.
Different awards present broadcasts have seen combined outcomes: the Grammys achieved 12.6m (a 31% rise), whereas the Emmys dropped to 5.9m, its lowest ever. The very best Oscars viewers in its historical past was for the 1998 version, which noticed Titanic win greatest image, in entrance of of 57m TV viewers.