Sunday’s Chris Rock-fronted 88th Academy Awards notched a 23.1 household rating and a 37 share in metered markets, the lowest preliminary numbers for the kudoscast since 2009 (when Hugh Jackman hosted).
The numbers are down 6 percent from 2015’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted ceremony, which averaged a 25.0 household rating and a 38 share. Last year’s telecast went on to average 37.3 million total viewers and an 11.0 demo rating — the Oscars’ lowest numbers since 2009 and 2008, respectively.
UPDATE: Per Nielsen fast nationals, the Oscars drew 34.3 million viewers and a 10.4 demo rating, down 8 and 5 percent year-over-year, to an eight-year low in audience (since Jon Stewart’s 2008 hosting gig). The last time Rock hosted, in 2005, the show delivered a total audience of 42.1 million and a 15.1 rating.