“Well, I hosted the virtual Emmys last night. They say it was the highest rated Emmys of all time. Oh, the lowest? Oh, okay, ”he joked during his monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in his first episode of returning from summer 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, broadcast on ABC, drew 6.1 million viewers and a score of 1.2 for the 18-49 age group, by time-adjusted Nielsens count. This is the second year in a row that the show has had record ratings: Fox’s 2019 show finally drew 7 million viewers and a rating of 1.7 for 18-49 year olds.
Still, Kimmel called the show “a lot of fun” and poked fun at some of the winners’ video backgrounds. “For example, we learned that Best Actor winner Jeremy Strong was 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 forgets to thank her husband even though he was six inches from her in a silk robe. red. Zendaya, who accepted her best actress in a drama series award for Euphoria with a number of people behind her, prompted Kimmel to comment, “We learned that the only social distancing person in Zendaya’s house was Zendaya herself. ”
Kimmel, who has previously hosted the Emmys as well as the Oscars, said the “strangest part” of the 2020 semi-live and semi-virtual ceremony was that “when it was there, there was usually parties and everyone wears their Emmys, everyone happy, everyone celebrates. This year the show ended and it was like, “Well I guess I’ll get in my car and go home.” ” It was nothing. ”
The 72nd Annual Emmys aired on ABC at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 20 and filmed both from Staples Center in Los Angeles and remotely.
This article originally appeared on THR.com.