Oscars ratings send Trump-sized message to Hollywood

Apparently, Americans have things they’d rather do than watch liberal celebrities pat themselves on the back.

Viewership for Sunday’s 90th Annual Academy Awards took a devastating plunge, with ratings down nearly 16 percent from last year, continuing a downward spiral that has characterized the last several years, Vanity Fair reports.

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP).

The live presentation brought in 18.9 percent of viewers, per Nielsen’s preliminary overnight metered market household ratings.

According to Reuters, that was a 15.6 percent decline from last year, which itself saw a nine-year low of 32.9 million viewers.

The number of viewers tuning in to the awards show has steadily gone down for the last few years.

Gary Oldman, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Darkest Hour”, poses in the press room at the Oscars. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP).

Sunday’s ceremony was hosted by ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, who also helmed the 2017 program. That presentation fell behind the 2016 awards by four points.

The 2016 Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, in turn represented an eight-point drop from the show Neil Patrick Harris hosted in 2015.

As Reuters notes, The Academy Awards aren’t the only major television program to struggle with falling ratings.

Guillermo del Toro poses with his awards for best director and best picture for “The Shape of Water” at the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP).

January’s Grammy Awards marked the program’s smallest audience since 2006. And the NFL, which was plagued with the national anthem protest controversy this season, saw viewership for Super Bowl LII decrease 7 percent from last year’s competition.

Many fans vowed to stay away from the Oscars given the anticipated left-wing politicization of the awards.

The expectation was justified. According to Fox News, Kimmel took swipes at President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP).

Actor Kumail Nanjiani indirectly condemned the Trump administration’s immigration policies by declaring:

“Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day being in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation.

“To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you.”

At one point, NBA star Kobe Bryant, whose “Dear Basketball” received an award for Best Short Animated film, went after Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Kobe Bryant, winner of the award for best animated short for “Dear Basketball.” (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP).

For liberal viewers, one of the highlights of the four-hour long program was a racially-charged comedy routine by actresses Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish in which they poked fun at whites.

‘Are the Oscars too black now?’ Maya Rudolph tells audience ‘Don’t worry, there are so many white people to come …’

Tiffany Haddish, left, and Maya Rudolph present the award for best documentary short subject at the Oscars. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP).

There was no shortage of conservatives on Twitter proclaiming their refusal to watch the Academy Awards.

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