Early numbers indicate that the Oscars’ controversial ending wasn’t enough to secure good ratings for the show.
According to Nielsen, the early numbers indicate that the Oscars gained a 21.4 rating amongst metered market households. 34 million people were estimated to have watched the awards show in 2016 with a rating of 23.4, meaning this year’s ratings are 9 percent lower.
Perhaps the boycott instigated by conservative group Tempe Republican Women that called on Trump supporters to avoid watching the Oscars, worked.
“These arrogant, pompous, pampered soulless individuals declare that half of Americans are racist, sexist, and bigoted for voicing our political choice through Donald Trump,” the group wrote, “Yet there can be no doubt that the entertainment industry does more to exploit, degrade, minimize, and stereotype women than Donald Trump or any other industry ever has.”
Donald Trump supporters to boycott Oscars in protest against ‘Limousine Liberals’ https://t.co/Hmq5ab1wSw
— Lewis Kingsley (@VMastery) 26 February 2017
TIPS FROM OUR TV DESK: Boycott Sunday’s Oscars (lefty blather!); watch Trump’s State of the Unions Tuesday. I’ll be live-tweeting!
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) 26 February 2017
Oscars will be liberal garbage by a bunch of overpaid snowflakes. Boycott those un- Americans.
— Aubrey Jones (@aubreylanejones) 26 February 2017
It’s no surprise that this reaction to the Oscars happened. After Meryl Streep spoke about politics while receiving her ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Golden Globes, people were outraged. Especially when she attacked MMA and Football:
“So, Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out, we’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
— Chanel Rion Sketches (@ChanelRion) February 27, 2017
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— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) February 24, 2017
Considering that the Superbowl garnered over 100 million viewers this year, perhaps she will be more selective with her words.