Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Low Emmys Ratings

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Jimmy Kimmel addressed the all-time-low ratings for the 72nd annual Emmys ceremony, which he hosted, at the top of his ABC show on Monday.

“Well, I hosted the virtual Emmys last night. They’re saying it was the highest-rated Emmys ever. Oh, the lowest? Oh, all right,” he joked during his monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in his first episode back from a summer-long vacation (Live! was hosted, in Kimmel’s absence, by several guest hosts including Anthony Anderson and Billy Porter). “Well, we set a record, let’s just say that.”

The 2020 Emmys, which aired on ABC, pulled in 6.1 million viewers and a 1.2 rating for the 18-49 age demographic, per time-adjusted Nielsen numbers. It’s the second consecutive year the show has had record-low ratings: Fox’s 2019 show ultimately drew 7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating for 18-49s.

till, Kimmel called the show “a lot of fun” and poked fun at some of the winners’ video backgrounds. “For instance, we learned the winner for best actor, Jeremy Strong, has been haunting a Sears portrait studio,” he said, referring to the Succession actor, who won in the drama category. Of Ozark’s Julia Garner, who won for supporting actress in a drama series, he said she “almost forget to thank her husband even though he was six inches away from her in a red silk bathrobe.

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