2017 Oscars tanked with viewers: Ratings 2nd lowest since 2000

2017 Oscars tanked with viewers: Ratings 2nd lowest since 2000
The kluge onstage as it dawns on participants that the wrong Best Picture award has been announced. (Image: Screen grab of ABC video)

[Ed. – So I was in good company missing the “Best Picture” foul-up drama at the end.]

A long and eventful 89th Academy Awards continued the ABC telecast’s recent downward ratings trend.

After initial indicators had Sunday’s lengthy show off from 2016, time-zone adjusted tallies give this year’s Oscars an average 32.9 million viewers. That marks a 4 percent drop in viewership from the prior. Early stats had the show averaging an overnight 22.4 rating among metered market households. …

Sunday’s Oscar telecast came in at a bloated three hours and 49 minutes, ranking as the longest in 10 years, but only those who stayed up past midnight for the announcement (and re-announcement) of this year’s best picture caught the night’s most memorable moment. The producers of La La Land were interrupted, mid-acceptance, when it was revealed that Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty had named the wrong winner and that Moonlight had actually taken the night’s top honor. No matter how many people watched the show, that will surely linger as the defining point of the 2017 Oscars. …

Leading into the big night, ABC’s Oscars had suffered two consecutive years of dramatic dips — losing almost 10 million viewers between 2014 and 2016.

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