Oscars ratings sink to all-time low

Ratings for Sunday night's politically charged Oscars telecast plummeted to an all-time low of 26.5 million people.

The Jimmy Kimmel-hosted Academy Awards on ABC, which crowned "The Shape of Water" as Best Picture, dropped 19 percent from 2017, according the The Hollywood Reporter

The 2008 Oscars ceremony, hosted by Jon Stewart, was previously the lowest-rated in history, when 31.8 million viewers tuned in.


Hot-button issues, such as sexual harassment in Hollywood, immigration reform and LGBT rights, dominated much of the night’s nearly four-hour Oscars in Los Angeles.

Kimmel focused much of his opening monologue touting the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" anti-sexual harassment movements, saying Hollywood was “clueless” about women.

Other presenters, including Lupita Nyong’o of "Black Panther" and “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani, offered a plea for immigrants popularly known as "Dreamers," while Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant hit back at conservative commentator Laura Ingraham’s remark that basketball players should “shut up and dribble.”

Academy Awards producer Michael De Luca had foreshadowed the tone for Hollywood’s biggest night, telling USA Today last week that Kimmel would delve into politics but avoid polarizing the audience.

“It will be current, but not as pointed,” he said.

Updated at 4:22 p.m.