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Chris Rock’s best efforts to calm the #Oscarssowhite controversy wasn’t enough to get people watching. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony hit a record low in the ratings pool, with approximately 34 million viewers tuning in Sunday (Feb. 28) night. 

Reports Deadline Hollywood:

With wins by Spotlight, Brie Larson, a long waiting Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, last night’s results are down 8% and 5% respectively in total viewership and the key demo from last year’s Neil Patrick Harris hosted show. Among adults 18-49 last night’s 8:30 – 11:51 PM ET Oscars got a 10.4 rating – another multi-year low.

Now, if last year’s increase of 700,000 total viewers in the very final numbers, are any indication, things could go up for the Oscars in the next couple of days but likely not enough to break that 8-year low mark.

The show wasn’t a total lost, as anything above 30 million sounds like a good number. But by comparison, the 2015 Oscars snagged around 37 million viewers.

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