The telecast on Monday drew its smallest TV audience since at least 2015, with viewership on MTV itself down by more than half.
The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards telecast on Monday night reached its smallest audience in at least four years, falling sharply from the 2018 kudocast.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Shazam star Zachary Levi , 1.8 million viewers across MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET and CMT. That's a 42 percent drop from the 3.08 million watched on those channels a year ago.
The show also aired on fellow Viacom channels TV Country, MTV2, MTV Classic and BET Her; figures for those weren't immediately available. The 201
The demographic ratings for this year's telecast also took a nosedive. In MTV's core audience of adults 18-34, the show's 1.3 rating falls by 46 percent year-over-year. Among adults 18-49, the six channels for which numbers are available 0.8, down 43 percent from 1.4 a year ago.
On MTV alone, the award ceremony drew just 434,000 viewers – less than half the 903,000 who watched on MTV last year. The telecast also falls by more than 50 percent in adults 18-49, from 0.5 in 2018 to 0.2 on Monday.
MTV says the combined audience across linear and social channels was 3 million viewers, which is still down 11 percent from the TV-only audience in 2018.
The previous low for a simulcast was 2.3 million viewers (on just four channels) in 2015.
Avengers: Endgame won the award for best movie at the ceremony, which was taped Saturday, and Game of Thrones took home the trophy for best TV show .
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