TV Critic’s Corner

‘Big turnout’ predicted for Oscars broadcast

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said popular nominees (clockwise) “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born” could boost Oscars viewership.
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ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said popular nominees including “A Star Is Born” could boost Academy Awards viewership.

Karey Burke, the new president of ABC Entertainment who replaced Channing Dungey, is not upset about the fact that the Oscars will air without a host, after the controversy over Kevin Hart.

She’s no dummy: She is aware that, as is often the case, any attention is good attention. “I’ve ironically found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation,” Burke told reporters at the TCA press tour this week about the Feb. 24 telecast on ABC. “And the mystery has been really compelling. People really care.”

Despite ratings losses for all TV awards shows in recent years, she also feels optimistic about the Oscar ratings because of the movies involved this year. “At no time in history have there been three movies nominated for best picture each having grossed over $200 million,” she said. “I think we’re going to see a big turnout for this, because these are big, popular movies that are being nominated.”


The three movies she is referring to are “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Black Panther,” which has grossed over $700 million domestically and over $1.3 billion worldwide.

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