The 93rd presentation of the Oscars, the most important film awards, was watched by far fewer people in the United States this year than in previous years. The awards show’s ratings had been declining for several years, but the 2021 edition reached even less than half of last year’s viewership, reports Variety.
While the presentation of the film awards, broadcast on ABC channel, was watched by 23.6 million people last year, there were only 9.85 million this year. That is a decrease of more than 58 percent. In 2019 the show managed to attract nearly thirty million viewers.
The presentation, where Nomadland was voted best film and is the most awarded title with three Oscars, looked different from previous years. This year, the prizes were awarded at several locations and only the nominees were present with one guest per person.
The Oscars are not the only awards that are less appealing to the American television audience this year. The Golden Globes and the Grammys also had to do with more than half fewer viewers this year.