The low ratings for one of the entertainment world’s biggest nights are still higher than most programs on television, but hardly ideal. Just six years ago, the awards show brought in more than 40 million viewers.
A number of factors were at play, from the show’s length to the array of other entertainment options viewers can choose from. It probably didn’t help that some of the year’s biggest blockbusters like “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t win any major awards. This year’s Oscars also felt bloated at times, which could have caused some viewers to tune out as the show dragged into its third hour, 33 minutes longer than scheduled.