Monday, 28 February 2011

Academy Awards TV Viewing Statistics: Through The Years

The Academy Awards has come a long way since its beginning in May of 1929. The first awards show lasted a quick fifteen minutes and was seen by only 270 people. What’s really shocking is that the few people interested in attending only had to pay $5 for dinner and a seat at the ceremony.

While $5 stretched a bit further in the late ‘20’s, a ticket would have been worth about $64 today. Unfortunately, tickets are no longer even available to be purchased by the public. If you want to go to the Academy Awards, you will need to either make a name for yourself in the entertainment industry or find yourself a date that has. Fans can try their luck by applying for free bleacher seats, but only have around an 8% chance of being chosen.

The Academy Awards was first televised in 1953, 24 years from the first ceremony. Fans were so excited to have the opportunity to watch their favorite stars that 40 million viewers tuned in. Since the first televised ceremony, the Academy Awards TV viewing statistics have jumped around quite a bit, depending on a number of different factors.

Interesting Academy Awards TV Viewing Statistics:

According the Nielsen Ratings, the 42nd Academy Awards is currently the highest rated ceremony yet. With a 43.4% rating, households across America must have been pretty excited to watch that year’s ceremony.

This might have been because the 42nd Academy Awards ceremony shocked viewers by giving the risque Midnight Cowboy the Best Picture award. To this day, Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film to have received Best Picture. The movie was later given an ‘R’ rating, but was still considered shockingly daring for 1970.

The 70th Academy Awards captured the public’s attention as well. 57.25 million viewers tuned in to watch Titanic take home the award for Best Picture, as well as 10 other awards. In 1995, 48.87 million people tuned in to watch Forrest Gump take home the award, and in 2004, 43.56 million fans watched to see how the The Lord of the Rings fared.

The Academy Awards shows that celebrated big box office hits pulled in bigger audiences. The years that no movie really won over the public, fewer fans took the time to watch the awards. The year that No Country for Old Men won best picture, only 31.76 million watched the ceremony. Many found this to be surprising, since it was the Academy Awards’ 80th anniversary.

However, No Country for Old Men only grossed $74.28 million in the US, while Titanic grossed an impressive $600 million. This just proves how much of an impact the winner of the Best Picture is to the popularity of the ceremony.

Academy Awards TV Viewing Statistics: Are Ratings Dropping?

In the past 10 years, the Academy Awards’ ratings have been suffering. Fewer viewers have been watching the show. In fact, in the history of the Academy Awards, the 75th and 80th awards shows have gotten the lowest ratings ever recorded.

Fortunately, things seem to be looking up. The 82nd Academy Awards brought in 41.62 million viewers, which was almost five million more than the year before. The 83rd awards ceremony is expected to continue the trend. With hits, like The Social Network, Toy Story 3, and Inception, up for the Best Picture award, fans are bound to tune in. Even if these movies weren’t your favorite of the year, talented hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, will certainly bring in their share of fans.

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