E!’s Oscar Red Carpet Ratings Tumble, And ‘The Walking Dead’ Slows Too

Ryan Seacrest Oscars Red Carpet

E! Live From The Red Carpet on Sunday ahead of the 90th Oscars drew 1.33 million viewers, a drop-off of 34% compared with last year. Its 0.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic was down almost half from the year-ago’s 0.7. The special, which had drawn extra attention ahead of Sunday with misconduct claims resurfacing against co-host Ryan Seacrest, aired live from 2-5 PM PT from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

It’s difficult to attribute the dip to Seacrest alone. The Oscars themselves hit an all-time low with an average of 26.5 million viewers on ABC, down 19% from 2017. E! said today its full lineup of Oscar programming Sunday — the 10 AM-starting Countdown to the Red Carpet, Live From the Red Carpet, Red Carpet Rundown and E! After Party – drew 5.5 million total unique viewers.

The Oscars still dominated Sunday on TV, denting even AMC’s The Walking Dead. Airing opposite the Oscars, the venerable zombie apocalypse series drew a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen, the first time it has fallen before 3.0 since the end of Season 1 in November 2010. That was a seven-tenths drop from the week-ago’s 3.6.

The Walking Dead was still cable’s most-watched show on Sunday, drawing 6.82 million viewers, though that number marked the lowest viewer total since near the end of Season 2 in 2012.

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