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Oscars 2020 TV audience hits record low

In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars' horizons, Bong's masterfully devious class satire ‘Parasite’ became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards

In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars' horizons, Bong's masterfully devious class satire ‘Parasite’ became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards   | Photo Credit: Ahn Young-joon

It was the worst TV audience ever for the highest honors in the movie industry and beat the previous record low of 26.5 million in 2018

The U.S. television audience for the 2020 Oscars fell to an all- time low for a ceremony that brought big wins for South Korean satire Parasite, but was criticized by reviewers as long and haphazard.

Viewership for Sunday’s show, broadcast on Walt Disney Co -owned ABC, dropped 20% from a year ago to an average audience of 23.6 million, according to Nielsen data released on Monday.

 

It was the worst TV audience ever for the highest honors in the movie industry and beat the previous record low of 26.5 million in 2018.

Parasite made history by becoming the first non-English language film to win best picture, beating box office favorites like Joker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt were among the acting winners.

The show, which ran 3-1/2 hours, was held without a host for a second year and was slammed by reviewers for random moments, inconsistencies and a surprise but puzzling performance by rapper Eminem of a 17-year-old song.

“The 2020 Oscars bellowed out for a ringmaster to harness what soon became a lackluster circus,” wrote Dominic Patten at entertainment website Deadline.

Audiences for live award shows have been declining in recent years, but the Oscars ceremony was still the biggest draw of Sunday night on television. Nielsen said the Academy Awards also dominated conversations on social media, producing 20.6 million social interactions on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, up 16 % from 2019.

The average unit cost for a 30-second TV ad during Sunday’s ceremony ranged from $1,689,300 to $2,272,900, according to the research firm SQAD. ABC owns broadcast rights for the Oscars through 2028.

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