Oscars 2019 Sees Higher Ratings with No Host
by Kristine Sage
3 weeks ago
Contrary to popular belief, ratings for this year’s Academy Awards have risen from last year’s record low, according to data released by US broadcaster ABC. The broadcast averaged 29.6 million viewers, which is an 11% increase on last year’s audience of 26.5 million.
This is the first time the Oscars have gone without a host in 30 years. This awards show saw celebrities presenting each category, including Daniel Craig, Emilia Clarke, Julia Roberts, and more. And a brief opening spiel was done by Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler.
Rob Mills, ABC’s senior VP said that while the show “works when it’s host-less… a host will be in the conversation for next year”. “Imagine what would have happened if Envelopegate had happened this year and we didn’t have a host?” he told Variety.
He was referring to the controversial moment in Oscars history last year when La La Land was accidentally named best picture instead of Moonlight. “It’s hard to imagine that moment now without Jimmy, who was able to rein in the chaos.”