The Sunday night broadcast of the Oscars attracted the lowest number of viewers since 2008 with only 32.9 million U.S. viewers. The show was hosted by comedic star Jimmy Kimmel.
The audience share represents a 4 percent drop from the 2016 Oscars which garnered 34.4 million viewers, according to a Nielsen figures released on Monday. The 2008 Oscars had an audience share of 32 million.
The awarding ceremonies ended with a controversy when ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly named as the best picture winner after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway who was presenting the award was given the wrong envelop. The real winner for the title was announced moments later was ‘Moonlight.’
The ending would definitely go down on the record books as one of the most controversial conclusion to the Oscars, sadly it came too late to help boost up the ratings of the show.
The decline in audience share for the Oscars broke the streak of the rise in number of viewers that was registered with both the Grammys and the Golden Globes this year.
The show also received positive reviews from television critics. Variety TV critic Sonia Saraiya said: “Sunday night’s Academy Awards felt like they were a joyful, messy tribute to how revelatory and wonderful cinema can be, at its best and most ambitious,”
Robert Bianco of USA Today wrote that the host, Kimmel “was a consistently amusing, good-natured presence who usually hit the mark, and who was able to recover quickly when he didn’t,”
However, the best picture fiasco was the most talked about part of the show.
James Poniewozik of the New York Times said that the controversial ending “made it truly worth sitting to the end of a long, long awards show.”