ABC’s Sunday night broadcast of the 89th Academy Awards drew a 22.4 overnight rating, down 4% from last year’s low-rated show, according to Nielsen data released by the Walt Disney Co. unit.
The dip in the early figures for Oscars 2017 could break the streak of higher ratings for award shows this year, following the Grammys and Golden Globes viewership gains over last year.
The 2016 Oscars show drew 34.4 million and was the third-lowest rated since 1974.
Nielsen’s overnight rating measures 56 major markets in the US, which represents about 70% of the country and is an early indication of the final number.
ABC will release viewership figures covering all of the US later on Monday.
The awards went a few minutes past midnight on the East Coast and ended in controversy when presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly announced La La Land as the best picture winner after getting the wrong envelope. The actual winner, Moonlight, was eventually announced. Reuters