Data reveals Will Smith’s slap landed on Chris Rock increased 2023 Oscar viewership by 2m


Data has revealed that Hollywood actor Will Smith’s infamous slap on comedian Chris Rock last year increased the Oscars 2023 Awards ratings and viewership by 2 million.

The figures highlighting the increased the Oscars 2023 ratings and viewership were contained in a press release shared by ABC, citing initial data from The Nielsen Company.

According to available data, the 95th Academy Awards broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, attracted an average audience of 18.7 million total viewers and scored a 4.0 rating among adults 18 to 49. That’s a 12-percent increase in total viewers from last year, which had 16.7 million.

The Oscars broadcast outdid February’s Grammys on CBS (12.5 million viewers) and September’s Emmys on NBC (5.9 million viewers), per the press release. The Golden Globes, which returned to NBC after a year of not airing on the network, got 6.3 million viewers in January.

Oscars producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss told The Hollywood Reporter after the show Sunday night what his hopes were for the ratings tallies.

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“You know what, you can only hope. What we wanted to do was go out and execute a show that people would really like and a show people would talk about,” he said. “We think we did accomplish that. I sure hope that [Monday] delivers good news in the ratings front, but either way, I think it was a successful evening.”

Weiss added that he is proud of “the whole night” and praised Kimmel, 55, who hosted for his third time.

“First of all, I thought Jimmy did a great job. He kept the show moving, but he also kept it lighthearted and entertaining enough that it didn’t feel all too serious,” he said. “The winners throughout the night really took us on a ride. Just when we thought it was going one way, then it went another way. The speeches were passionate and from the heart.”


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