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Was Wrong, But Still Pleased

February 26, 2019

Film Reels, Clapper board and movie projector

Though I was confident that Roma and Best Actor nominee Rami Malek, for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, would do well at the Oscars I also wrote that the ratings for the show would tank without a host.  I was correct about the movie and actor, but very off the mark concerning the ratings.   But I am always pleased to be wrong about matters that turn out to be better than expected.   Especially when it comes to the beloved Oscar Awards show.

The first host-less Academy Awards since 1989—which ABC had initially worried would cause Oscars ratings to plummet even further—instead resulted in a year-over-year ratings jump for the telecast, its first audience increase in five years.  That is remarkable and shows the strength of movie lovers in the nation to watch a show which had a number of awards for very important movies this year.

Putting the numbers to the ABC’s broadcast proves the show averaged 29.6 million viewers, a 11.5 percent gain over a year ago. The hostless show also scored a 7.7 rating among adults 18-49, a 13 percent gain over last year.   But the downside is that while the figure is up from last year’s historic low, this year was the second smallest audience ever for an Academy Awards telecast.

In total viewers, recent predecessors went as follows: 26.5 million in 2018 (Best Picture: The Shape of Water), 32.9 million in 2017 (Moonlight), 34.4 million in 2016 (Spotlight) and 37.3 million in 2015 (Birdman).

Green Book winning the Best Picture award Sunday was the most-talked-about moment on both Twitter and in the dentist office I visited for teeth cleaning Monday afternoon.

Movies are the way we connect and grow while showing our humanity on the big screen.  In so doing we all are winners when it comes to film.

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