Hollywood learned a tough lesson on Sunday night: no one cares about their virtue-signaling. No one wants to be lectured for four hours by self-congratulatory actors who preach leftism from a golden pulpit. That’s what has come to be expected from the Academy Awards and thus, very few tuned in to watch.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, viewership of the awards show only hit 26.5 million. That’s 19% fewer than last year. The 2018 Oscars are officially the least-viewed in history. Ten years ago was a bad night for the Oscars, but even then, there were 5 million more viewers than last night.
More from THR:
Overnight returns had the lengthy ABC telecast averaging a 18.9 rating among households between 8 and 11 p.m. ET. Compared to the same stat for 2017, the night the wrong best picture winner was named, that was down a more modest 16 percent.
The 2017 Academy Awards, which earned a 22.4 overnight rating, ultimately fetched 32.9 million viewers for ABC — as well as a handsome 9.1 rating among adults 18-49. Still, those numbers reflected the second-lowest in Academy history.
It’s not just the Oscars that’s suffering. America has grown tired of the moral posturing of superstars and aren’t watching other awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Grammys. America’s favorite sport, football, is also suffering because of the injection of anti-American politics. This year’s Super Bowl suffered a ratings disaster.
And what, pray tell, are Americans missing by not tuning in? Things like host Jimmy Kimmel praising the emasculated Oscar award for being the “most beloved and respected man in Hollywood:”
“And there’s a very good reason why: Just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly, no penis at all. He is a literal statue of limitations.”
At least Kimmel didn't cry during his opening monologue. But not to worry, he's back to his normal gig each night this week. Not that anyone will be watching.