Host-Less Oscars Score as Ratings Climb Significantly From 2018 Telecast

Could the choice for Oscars hosts going forward be None of the Above?

Perhaps surprisingly, the host-less Oscars scored in the ratings on Sunday night on ABC. According to Nielsen (via Variety), the ceremony posted a 20.6 rating in metered market households. That represents a six percent bump from the 2018 broadcast — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

The 2018 Oscars ended up notching 26.5 million overall viewers — which was the lowest ever audience for the Academy Awards. The 2019 preliminary numbers still lag quite a bit behind 2017, which posted a 22.5.

The presence of box office smash Black Panther as a nominee in multiple categories including Best Picture figures to have had at least some positive impact on the numbers. Still, it’s interesting to note the ratings success of this host-less affair. And it begs the question of whether the Academy might give this format another try.

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