IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices and pre­dicts win­ners of big awards.

“The true glut of me­dia that we have out there nib­bles at the view­er­ship base of the awards shows,” O’Neil said.

Tele­vi­sion view­er­ship in gen­eral is go­ing down, with more peo­ple at­tracted to stream­ing ser­vices where they can watch pro­grams with­out com­mer­cials and on their own sched­ules. Young peo­ple, in par­tic­u­lar, in­creas­ingly pre­fer watch­ing high­lights on their de­vices than shows that stretch past three or four hours. Even Su­per Bowl rat­ings have slipped the past few years.

Net­works have tried to fix those prob­lems for their shows in gen­eral, not just awards shows, with­out much suc­cess. One re­tired net­work ex­ec­u­tive ques­tions whether that trend could be re­versed.

“Short of full-frontal nu­dity, I don’t know what they could do,” he quipped.

The bad per­for­mances of the Gram­mys and Os­cars can’t be ex­plained sim­ply by those fac­tors, how­ever. The Golden Globes au­di­ence of 19 mil­lion in Jan­uary was 5 per­cent down from 2017, a de­crease roughly on par with what most pro­grams see these days. The Emmy Awards au­di­ence of 11.38 mil­lion last fall was slightly up from the year be­fore, Nielsen said.

PHOTO BY CHRIS PIZZELLO — INVISION — AP, FILE

In this file photo, host Jimmy Kim­mel speaks at the Os­cars in Los An­ge­les.

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