Viewership of 2018 Academy Awards hits all-time low


Trump tweeted: "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY".

The president took to Twitter on Tuesday morning (March 6) to blast the "stars" at the event and claim that he's the only star left, though he says he's just kidding.

Trump was definitely sitting in his underwear, eating his breakfast cheeseburger in bed while watching Fox and Friends thinking this was an impeccable burn.

"Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY", Kimmel responded to Trump's earlier tweet.

Although the show generally stayed away from overt attacks on the Trump administration - a frequent target for Hollywood - the political nature of the Oscars ceremony may have alienated some viewers as well, industry watchers said. Though some male celebrities showed up wearing Time's Up pins, the awards was already feeling safe and apolitical.

Though many of these films discussed progressive issues, there was still only one female nominee for best director, which presenter Emma Stone referred to as "four men and Greta Gerwig". "There are more things than ever competing for an audience's attention, and more alternatives for people who might not want to sit through something as conventional as an awards ceremony".

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The viewership dropped 19.7 percent from the 33.001-million average for the 2017 ceremony, which had been the second-lowest all-time.

John Nolte of Breitbart News said the "writing was on the wall for this ratings catastrophe", calling Kimmel, this year's host, one of the most "divisive and polarizing figures in the country" and a "Trump-hating Democrat".

Viewership of other award shows, such as the Golden Globes and Grammys, has also taken a hit this year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tried as much as it could to keep ratings from falling, at the same time highlighting movies that have not been widely watched. Seacrest has denied the accusations against him. Actresses Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra introduced a short video which praised the trailblazers in Hollywood who have spoken out against sexual harassment and created diverse films produced by women and minority groups. It's the fourth consecutive year that viewership has declined. Since then, the mostly liberal-leaning Hollywood have used their popularity to push back at the former host of "The Apprentice", which has only increased since he was sworn into office over a year ago.

"We don't make movies like "Call Me by Your Name" for money".

Do you think it's time to ditch the Oscars? He keeps his hands where you can see them.