Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards reached 26.5 million television viewers in the United States, easily a record low for what is the second most-watched programme of the year after American football’s Super Bowl. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards reached 26.5 million television viewers in the United States, easily a record low for what is the second most-watched programme of the year after American football’s Super Bowl. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Audiences for the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys are in free fall – so do award shows need to change?

Is it a case of #Oscarstoolong, is the awards show format in need of refreshing, or are falling audiences for them on TV a logical consequence of the growth of streaming, pundits wonder

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards reached 26.5 million television viewers in the United States, easily a record low for what is the second most-watched programme of the year after American football’s Super Bowl. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards reached 26.5 million television viewers in the United States, easily a record low for what is the second most-watched programme of the year after American football’s Super Bowl. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
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