President Trump had capitalised on this, tweeting, "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY". During a Tuesday morning tweet [VIDEO], Trump responded to the low ratings of the show, before adding, "Problem is, we don't have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!"
A record low 26.5 million people watched Sunday night's telecast, a almost 20 per cent drop versus previous year. Since the beginning of Nielsen TV audience ratings in 1974, yes.
He has in the past gloated over the poor ratings of the Emmys, news shows, talk shows, NFL, golf tournaments, the US Open... and the list goes on. Some reasons are constant, while the others change from one year to the other. Oscars viewership in 2018 fell by 39 percent from its level just four years earlier, in 2014, when Ellen DeGeneres hosted for ABC.
Experts say the connection between high box office grosses and high viewership is more than coincidence.
Last year, CTV drew an average of 5.5 million viewers, according to Numeris. "That's a function of our fragmented media landscape". That's roughly $163 million less than what "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" made in its opening weekend in the United States in December.
There weren't almost as many as men, despite the historic nominations for Greta Gerwig (the fifth woman nominated for best director) and Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound"), the first woman nominated for best cinematography.
Other conservatives didn't bother taking shots at the ratings but took issue with the political slant of the awards show. As we saw at the Golden Globes and Grammys, the 90th Academy Awards didn't partake in a universal dress code for #MeToo and Time's Up, two prominent movements founded on sexual misconduct in Hollywood and the need for women to be treated better. The Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl both experienced ratings declines this year.
Kimmel responded by saying, "Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY." LOL!