A former Academy Awards producer just revealed the true reason why the viewership of the Oscars and similar shows is rapidly declining.
The former Oscars producer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has told the New York Times that the viewership numbers show that viewers tune out as soon as celebrities start talking about politics.
“One recent producer of the Oscars, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential metrics, said minute-by-minute post-show ratings analysis indicated that ‘vast swaths’ of people turned off their televisions when celebrities started to opine on politics,” the New York Times reports.
Who would have thought? Chances are that if you are reading this article you have already stopped watching the Oscars years ago for this exact reason years.
The simple fact is that the Oscars has been viewed less and less at the same time that it has become more and more political.
A recent study by the Morning Consult found that over the years the percentage of Oscars speeches that contain a political message has steadily increased. Back in the 1960s that percentage was about 15. By 1990, it was 44 percent, and by 2010 it was up to 67 percent.
Last year, just 23.6 million people tuned into the Oscars, which was about a 6 million viewer dropoff from the previous year. But, it was about a 23 million viewer dropoff since 2000, which shows an obvious downward trajectory.
What is surprising in all of this is not that people are tuning out of entertainment shows that have gone political. That is to be expected.
No, what is surprising in all of this is that the New York Times published an article admitting this fact.
That’s because in doing so the New York Times, as Breitbart points out, essentially admitted that viewers are tuning out when celebrities start pushing leftist politics. After all, you never really hear any of these celebrities at these events saying anything that a Republican would agree with.
Hopefully, this trend of tuning out will continue. Then, maybe, we can get our entertainment back.