The Academy, together with ABC, the broadcaster of the ceremony, made controversial decisions to increase the ratings.
As every year, the ratings of the Oscar Award Ceremony, broadcast by ABC channel this year, increased compared to last year, but it still could not reach the ratings in the old days.
In this year’s awards ceremony, a series of decisions were implemented, such as returning to the server format after three years without a server, removing 8 award categories from the live broadcast, and giving place to audience voting. All of this was to boost the Oscar ratings, which had fallen in recent years, but it was not very successful. The ceremony was criticized as boring by the audience and many people in the movie industry themselves.
Last year, a simple ceremony was held in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, with no red carpet and no guests except the candidates. This glamorous award ceremony was the lowest-rated ceremony in Oscar history and was watched by only 10 million people.
This year, the Oscar images that we used to get used to with the red carpet and the guests came back. The ceremony’s ratings increased by 56% compared to last year and were watched by approximately 15.4 million people. However, this year’s ceremony was the second-lowest rated ceremony in Oscar history. Before the pandemic, Oscar ceremonies were watched live by an average of 20 million spectators.