Viewership For The 2021 Oscars Was So Low That It Was The Least Watched In History

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Viewership For The 2021 Oscars Was So Low That It Was The Least Watched In History

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that not too many people tuned into the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, as most of the movies nominated didn't exactly draw a theater crowd due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But ratings weren't just low, they were the lowest in the ceremony's history, as viewership dropped below 10 million for the first time ever according to Deadline.

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Just 9.85 million film fanatics tuned in to watch the award show, which is a steep 58% drop from the 2020 Academy Awards.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an easy target to blame for the low ratings, as many of last year's most anticipated films, including Black Widow and A Quiet Place Part 2, were delayed until 2021 amidst movie theater closures across the country.

The Oscars wasn't the only award show seeing record low numbers this year, as Billboard reports the 2021 Grammys ceremony saw all-time low viewership as well, with just 9.23 million people tuning in to see Taylor Swift win her 11th Grammy award.

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