Here's Why Many People Didn't Watch the 2018 Grammys

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January 29, 2018Jan 29, 2018

Sunday's Grammy Awards had some bad ratings, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In fact, the awards show fetched the smallest demo audience in the show's entire history. 

The telecast, which lasted for over three hours, had a reduced viewership of 24% from 2017. According to Hollywood Reporter

"The telecast, which ran a bloated three-and-a-half hours, was off by 24 percent from 2017 with adjusted numbers. With time zone adjustments taken into account, the telecast averaged 19.8 million viewers and a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49. The second stat marked a low for the show. Among total viewers, that number was down even more than overnight returns from Nielsen Media that it a 12.7 rating among households. It's the biggest drop for the Grammys since the 2013, the year after the show swelled following the death of Whitney Houston."

Criticism of the show has focused on the political and social nature of the speeches and performances. 

Fox News reports that the awards were "highly politicized" and caused viewers to be "turned off by the night's political antics which included a cameo from former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton." 

Indeed, Hillary Clinton surprisingly bashed Donald Trump during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night which the producer of the awards said he supports. To the distaste of many, Clinton read from "Fire and Fury." 

At the clip above, even CNN didn't find that skit to be very funny, despite that they are no fans of President Trump. They then added that there are numerous inaccuracies about the book and that intensely partisan politics doesn't have a place at the awards show. 

Camila Cabello had one of the most politically-charged moments of the night after she took the stage to speak out in favor of protecting dreamers. This was, of course, a direct reference to the debate currently happening in Washington D.C. over the repeal of DACA.

Logic and U2 also decided that Sunday night would be a great opportunity to criticize Trump, particularly his alleged comment about "s***hole countries." They claimed that the fight for "equality in the world" is alive and well, and urged everyone in attendance to help those in need, according to Fox News.

"Bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge, for together we can build not only a better country but a world that is destined to be united," they said.

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