Television ratings for the 2021 Academy Awards ceremony plummeted by more than 50 percent since last year’s overnight ratings, OutKick reported Monday.
Using a year-over-year calculation, OutKick found that the Oscars, once again, suffered a large and steadily declining viewership blow. In 2020, the awards show garnered 18.1/33. This year, however, the numbers dropped to 8.6/18.
After last year’s Oscar ratings were the lowest the awards show had ever seen, only garnering 23.6 million viewers, expectations for the 2021 numbers were low. One Oscars producer admitted to the New York Times last week that the infiltration of woke politics may be turning viewers away from the once-influential show.
“One recent producer of the Oscars, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential metrics, said minute-by-minute post-show ratings analysis indicated that ‘vast swaths’ of people turned off their televisions when celebrities started to opine on politics,” the New York Times reported.
The Oscars’ decline in viewership and eagerness to embrace celebrities spouting off progressive rhetoric from the stage is fueling the awards show’s divorce from the general American public.
“The Oscars broadcast is en route to consciously serving just another elite progressive niche, like ‘The Late Show’ under Stephen Colbert or The New York Times,” The Federalist’s Emily Jashinsky wrote. “Hollywood is working through those growing pains, trying to boost ratings while permitting and encouraging divisive politics and honoring niche cinema. They might be wise to just fast forward.”
While some celebs embrace the shift, others such as Tyler Perry showed reluctance to accept the progressive Hollywood narrative that encourages people to hate
“I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LBGTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian,” he said.
Because I believe most human beings think this way, but woke America will try to silence you if you say it out loud.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) April 26, 2021