Why the Oscars May Get Dethroned as the Year’s Most-Watched Show After the Super Bowl

Tony Maglio
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Queen Latifah’s “The Equalizer” post-game premiere is poised to overtake the Academy Awards this year Can Sunday’s Oscars equal(ize) the TV audience of Super Bowl Sunday’s “The Equalizer” debut on CBS? Probably not, especially given the way things are going for the major awards shows amid the coronavirus pandemic. Back on Feb. 7, immediately following the Super Bowl postgame show, Queen Latifah’s “The Equalizer” debuted to 20.460 million total viewers. See how the remake ranked among all post-Super Bowl shows here. Super Bowl LV itself scored 96.4 million total viewers, the big game’s smallest tally since 2007. Who said Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes was a ratings slam dunk? (OK, so that’s a cross-sport pun, but extra points are no longer as much of a gimme as they used to be.) Also Read: Fox’s ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Revival Caught Some Fugitives, but Did It Nab Viewers? Last year’s Oscars drew 23.6 million total viewers on ABC, down 6 million TV viewers — a whopping 20% — from 2019’s telecast. That was an all-time low, and the 2020 live celebration of film happened before COVID-19 interfered with U.S. telecasts — or the traditional release of movies in theaters. It was also 100,000 viewers...

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