Academy Awards - number of viewers 2000-2020

In 2020, just 23.6 million Americans watched the Academy Awards ceremony. Oscars viewership fluctuates year by year, however the last time the ceremony drew in a U.S. audience of more than 40 million was back in 2014. The figure recorded in 2020 was the lowest yet, and marked a drop-off of around 20 percent from the 2019 audience.

Coverage of the Academy Awards

Viewership of awards ceremonies can depend on multiple factors ranging from personal preferences to overall interest in nominees, as well as how much coverage is devoted to the ceremony before and during its broadcast. Interest in upcoming events in the media industry is often generated via social media, which can be extremely effective in generating discussions, interactions and general awareness.

In 2018, the Academy Awards were mentioned 3.7 million times on social media during the ceremony, and have also proved to be some of the most popular TV specials on Twitter in recent years. Conversely, a survey held in early 2019 revealed that 19 percent of U.S. adults had not come across any news coverage for the 2019 Academy Awards at all.

Number of viewers of the Academy Awards ceremonies from 2000 to 2020

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures for 2000 to 2019 come from earlier publications.

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