Netflix’s presentation of the 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards garnered more than 1.1 million views Sunday of its YouTube livestream.
The total includes the views YouTube recorded for the 2023 SAG Awards feed (865,000 views) and the audio meta-feed (248,000 views) within the first 10 hours of the end of the broadcast. The live stream of the SAG Awards – which ran for 2 hours and 14 minutes and carried no ads – is available for rewatching on the Netflix YouTube channel.
Total Viewing does not include the separate clips that Netflix posted during the awards show, including the acceptance speeches given by cast members to the grand winner of the night, “Everything is everywhere at the same time.” Michelle Yeoh’s speech after her historic win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (becoming the first Asian woman to win the Leading Motion Picture Acting Award) has 58,000 views so far, and Ke Huy Quan’s speech for a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (first Asian male to win the Motion Picture Acting trophy at an award ceremony SAG) has 55,000.
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The way YouTube counts video views differs from the way Nielsen tabulates TV viewership metrics, so it’s not possible to compare viewership for this year’s SAG Awards with previous years. In 2022, kudocast drew an average of 1.8 million viewers for its simulcast on TBS and TNT; The year before that, the SAG Awards averaged 957,000 viewers on TNT/TBS.
In January, Netflix announced a multi-year deal to broadcast the SAG Awards. This year’s broadcast was broadcast on the Netflix YouTube channel, and plans to stream the event live globally on Netflix itself starting in 2024.
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