Early numbers (that can change) show that the ratings for Sunday’s hostless Academy Awards jumped 14.3 percent over last year, which was the lowest in history.
The divisive, far-left Jimmy Kimmel hosted the previous two Oscars telecasts and drove the ratings into the dirt.
Last year, only 26.5 million tuned in, a number that was unthinkable a decade ago.
This year’s 14.3 percent improvement is nothing to write home about. The Academy is still looking at a dismal number of around 30 million viewers, which will mean second or third worst in history.