The Miss America Pageant is an American institution which is why a lot of people were annoyed when the show announced it was going to cave to the SJW mobs on the internet and get rid of the swimsuit competition because it was sexist or something. A lot of people out there are a little confused as to why it’s a bad thing to highlight beautiful women. It’s not like that’s the only part of the competition. But, the pageant decided to go in a different direction.
The ratings from last night’s revamped version of the pageant are in and they aren’t great.
The new Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, expressed relief that she didn’t have to wear a bathing suit after being crowned the first winner of the post-#MeToo era.
Viewers appeared more underwhelmed by the changes to the pageant. It slipped to a new low in viewership on ABC, which drew 4.3 million total viewers for the Sunday evening telecast, according to Nielsen overnights.
Since the pageant airs live, that may adjust a bit when final numbers are released. But it will still be down from last year when the program averaged 5.6 million total viewers. This year’s viewership decreased by 23%.
It also marked the lowest viewership for Miss America since it returned in 2011 from a brief stint on cable. Viewership has fallen every year since 2013, though Miss America is hardly the only special or TV program to see such a drop.
Not exactly what they were looking for.
To be fair, the winner said she was happy she didn’t have to wear a swimsuit.
The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she’s glad she didn’t have to.
“These changes, I think, will be great for our organization,” she said. “I’ve already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don’t have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship.
“And I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that,” Franklin said. “And all these women onstage are more than just that.”
It looks like some of the contestants are happy with the changes but the viewers clearly aren’t.
It sounds like they even got rid of the classic theme song at the end.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens next year but it’s probably not a coincidence the ratings dropped this much.