Early numbers are in for the 2016 Oscars, and the initial stats have the Chris Rock-hosted telecast down even further from last year’s lows. The telecast ranks as the second-lowest rated on record, with 34.3 million viewers, per Fast National ratings.
Nielsen’s overnight estimates had the 3½-hour ABC event on track for another drop with an average 23.4 rating among households in 56 of the nation’s biggest TV markets. That’s off 6 percent from 2015, making for a seven-year low in overnights.
The least-watched Oscars on record is still the 2008 ceremony hosted by Jon Stewart. That show came in just shy of 32 million viewers.
These Oscars weren’t down as much among younger viewers. The show averaged a nearly steady 10.4 rating among adults 18-49. And there is also still room for improvement. Fast National ratings typically rise in finals. Last year’s added another 700,000 viewers when all the cards were on the table.