The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards suffered a crushing defeat in the ratings department.
The number of viewers watching Monday’s telecast fell sharply compared to 2018, with the show losing more than 40 percent of its audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A total of 1.8 million viewers tuned in to the initial broadcast across fellow Viacom networks MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET and CMT. That’s compared to last year’s 3.08 million viewers who watched on those channels, marking a 42 percent decline.
The demographic ratings for this year’s show also fell. Among adults 18-49, the kudofest averaged 0.8, down 43 percent from a 1.4 rating a year ago.
This year’s show was hosted by Shazam! actor Zachary Levi. During the ceremony, which was taped Saturday in Santa Monica, Avengers: Endgame picked up the golden popcorn statuette for best movie, Game of Thrones was named best TV show, Surviving R. Kelly received the best documentary honor, and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta won the reality royalty award.
In 2018, Girls Trip and The Last O.G. star Tiffany Haddish hosted the awards.
Monday night’s ratings marked the smallest audience for the MTV Movie & TV Awards in at least four years.
The previous low was 2.3 million viewers across four channels in 2015.