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Oscars ratings bounce back from historic low as Will Smith-Chris Rock slapgate hooks viewers

Preliminary audience figures, revealed by broadcaster ABC on Monday, represent a significant recovery from last year's record-low 9.85 million live viewers.

March 29, 2022 / 03:17 PM IST
Oscars 2022: Will Smith walked up to the stage to slap Chris Rock for a joke on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.

Oscars 2022: Will Smith walked up to the stage to slap Chris Rock for a joke on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.

The Oscars were in desperate need of a ratings boost -- and, on a night when Will Smith stunned viewers by slapping Chris Rock on stage, some 15.36 million Americans tuned in.

Preliminary audience figures, revealed by broadcaster ABC on Monday, represent a significant recovery from last year's record-low 9.85 million live viewers, although they are still the second-lowest in televised Academy Awards history.

The moment when Smith struck comedian Rock for quipping about his wife's hair-loss condition immediately went viral online, launching countless memes and opinions both defending and condemning the best actor winner.

"Does the Academy want this kind of publicity? No, they don't. They don't want the kind of publicity that says violence takes place at the Oscars," Variety's Marc Malkin told AFP.