Will Oscar Ratings Rise or Fall After Slap? Consider These Factors and Vote!

Oscars Ratings 2023 After Will Smith Slap

Did “The Slap” wake up interest in the stuffy Academy Awards? Or after last year’s audience surge, is the telecast bound to re-rebound to a new low?

Following a steady slide that over a decade saw its audience plummet by 74 percent (to an all-time low of 10.4 million viewers in 2021), viewership for the Oscars surged in 2022, with a telecast that brought back the concept of a host(s) and, yes, featured a 10 pm physical fracas between Will Smith and Chris Rock.

All told, last year’s telecast drew 16.6 million total viewers (in Live+Same Day numbers), up 60 percent from the final count for 2021 — though still the second-smallest Oscars audience on record. I n the demo, the NBC broadcast was up 73 percent, with a 3.8 rating.

This year’s ceremony is being hosted by three-timer Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC (but is not live-streamable anywhere), and the better-known nominees include Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water and awards darling Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Is the audience bound to rise further for filmdom’s biggest night? Or return to its pandemic-era doldrums? Review and consider the factors listed down below, then cast your vote in this poll (click here if poll not visible):

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