After all, the Oscar value actually rose after last year's lowest broadcast broadcast ever. In the days after The Best of Water 's best picture wins in 2018, ABC convened a meeting with academic members and offered "suggestions" to increase classifications for the next ceremony. These proposals included the introduction of a Best Popular Film Oscar and delegation of certain prizes during the commercial break. These changes were announced and so quickly reversed after the academy got public shaming after public shaming, and yet with none of the big changes, Oscar's broadcast ratings were up for the first time in five years.
ABC reports that the 29.6 million viewers voted in the Oscar and scored a 7.7 rating in 1
So why were the ratings? Well for one, three of the best photos were nominated bona fide box office smashes. Black Panther ), Bohemian Rhapsody ($ 860 million worldwide) and A star born  ($ 424 million globally) was seen by loads of people and no doubt led to a bit more interest in the Oscar than last year's film. There was also a promise to see Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform "Shallow" live.
But it's also important to note why ratings were down initially, and that's because people watch TV much differently now than they did just 10 years ago. Live viewing quickly becomes a thing of the past, and even so, the Oscar continues to perform much better in the ratings than other awards, such as Grammy's (19,900 viewers) and Golden Globes (18,600,000 viewers).
For all hubbub around Kevin Hart hosting debacle, the show moved incredibly well without hosts, and the reviews reflect the aspect of the telecast that did not necessarily beat the viewers. In fact, considering how well things went – and how the lack of a host brought the show's runtime to less than three and a half hours – I wouldn't be surprised if the Oscar were moving forward without the host in the foreseeable future. Or maybe we are heading towards a year without big blocking movies that can score nominations. The Oscar returns to find a host to bring in more viewers.
ABC was obsessed with the idea of bringing telecast on or under three hours, which didn't happen. And yet people still saw. It seems to show that it is not as long as looking at the viewers, so hopefully they are not trying to reclaim the whole "let's give some of the prizes under the advertising" idea.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the meantime. If ABC has more "ideas" to increase viewers, or if the Academy stands alone to make a ceremony that is true for why people look at the Oscar in the first place. We have to wait and see, but the network can currently breathe a relief suction that at least the numbers were not down again.