Thursday, June 20, 2024

Oscars Ratings Were Higher Than Thought, 10.4 Million with Largest Numbers of the Night


It should be of some consolation to the Oscars producers that the ratings were a little higher than originally thought.

The final number was 10.4 million, not 9.8 million. And the key demos were the largest of any show Sunday night. All the numbers were larger than anything else on TV.

The show wasn’t perfect and everyone loves snarking about it. But Soderbergh, Sher, and Collins made lemonade from lemons, frankly. To use another cliche, they took the cards they were dealt and played them as best they could.

The main complaint was about the In Memoriam segment, which seemed like it was on fast forward. But the whole show seemed untimed. Sometimes there were clips, sometimes there weren’t. No one seemed to know if the show was running over and or under time.

I’m surprised about the NYPost trying to suggest that anyone is angry over Anthony Hopkins beating Chadwick Boseman. Hopkins was certain Boseman was winning, and left the country, got out of the way, did almost nothing to interfere with Chadwick’s win.

So what happened? A lot of voters saw “The Father” late, and related to the whole dementia issue, caregiving for parents, etc. It’s that simple. And obviously that story appealed to all Oscar voters regardless of race.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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