Award Show Season 2018

Date posted: March 14, 2018
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Of the 3 award shows, the Academy Awards continues to draw the largest audience across all key demos, with approximately 11.2 million total viewers compared to 6.6 million for the Grammy’s and 8.5 million for the Golden Globes. It also appears that more viewers of other award shows also tuned in to the Oscars this year. In 2017, 32 per cent of Grammy’s viewers, and 39 per cent of Golden Globes’ viewers tuned into the Academy Awards. This year, 35 per cent of the Grammy’s viewers, and 47 per cent of Golden Globes’ viewers made it to Oscar night.

While the Academy Awards made headlines with reports that viewing had declined, the declines across the country were not consistent.  Toronto and Calgary had only slightly less viewers compared to 2017, Montreal dropped to 2016 levels after a huge spike in 2017, and Edmonton and Vancouver showed a more noticeable drop.

Overall, the award season had a much different feel. In light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the focus on gender and diversity issues, including Jimmy Kimmel’s Harvey Weinstein-aimed opening monologue, set the tone. Although met with mixed reception, Canadian ratings at least don’t suggest that audiences were necessarily put off. Other notable #MeToo and #TimesUp moments during the Oscars specifically include  Salma Hayak, Ashley Judd, and Annabella Sciorra’s speech about the #TimesUp movement, where a film industry anti-harassment and anti-discrimination video rolled, and comedians Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish’s  much discussed two minute opening about diversity in Hollywood. Despite both of these moments appearing well into the second half of the program, ratings held at or above the program’s 4.6 million average minute audience.

Here are some other quick facts from across the 3 major award shows of 2018:

  • The average audience for the Academy Awards was 51% higher than that of Golden Globes
  • Of the reported markets Toronto had the highest A25-54 rating for the Academy Awards
  • The Academy Awards in Montreal Franco had a much higher % of female viewers (65.4%) than either of the other award shows
  • The highest minute by minute moment of the Academy Awards was when Allison Janney won the award for Supporting Actress for her role in I Tonya

Clients can access the full report either through the InfoSys+TV homepage link or in Lens (TV PPM subscription is required).

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