The most hilarious ratings development of 2021 thus far: The National Dog Show beat out the Oscars by nearly 1 million viewers*.
*margin of victory was 958,000 viewers:
11,361,000 dog-enjoyers vs. 10,403,000 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘬 enthusiasts
Even the fanciest poodle would never assemble its equally fancy pals in order to warble "Imagine" at you over the Internet during the early days of a global pandemic. I imagine that most dogs would bite anyone who would presume to put on such airs, if only to discourage an encore
A mere four years prior to this historic low, nearly 33 million people watched Warren Beatty completely fuck up the Best Picture award. Back in the '70s, when the films were still great and there were roughly 40% TV HHs in the U.S., the average draw was about 48M viewers.