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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was no shortage of conservatives on Twitter proclaiming their refusal to watch the Academy Awards.
Ratings for Oscars down 16%. Keep picking on our President and ratings will continue going down. Wake up we love our President.
— Blue Collar Voice (@BluCollarVoice) March 5, 2018
To the shock of no one.
— BASE9悪い (@base9wario) March 5, 2018
I got better things to do with my time.
— Natalie (@natsadoll) March 5, 2018
Because no one cares about Hollywood anymore. It’s falling apart at the seams.
— T R U E (@_ORIGINS) March 5, 2018
The failing Grammys and failing Oscars have a lot in common.
— Eloy Vidales (@EloyVidales) March 5, 2018
That’s enough to make poor kimmel REALLY cry.
— Robert Smith “Hudson, Sir. He’s Hicks.” (@Pr1vate_Hud50n) March 5, 2018
Ouch. Limosine liberals, congrats!
— Josh Lynch, CFA (@joshlynch01) March 5, 2018
Why would anyone watch this self congratulation mess?
— Mike (@freethruwisdom) March 5, 2018