The 2020 Emmy Awards aired on Sunday, but you probably missed it.
According to culture and entertainment site Vulture, this year’s awards ceremony became by far the least-watched in Nielsen ratings history. Just 6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the once-popular TV awards event, which is 13% fewer than the previous low mark set the year before, when 7 million people watched.
Apparently, celebrities accepting awards over video as late-night host Jimmy Kimmel operated alone in an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, wasn’t intriguing enough for people to tune in.
Vulture blamed the low viewership on COVID-19 and “unprecedented sports competition,” including Sunday Night Football — which isn’t exactly new — and NBA playoff coverage.
But awards show viewership has been on a steady decline for years, as Hollywood show hosts and honorees have consistently alienated audiences by pandering to the left and attacking conservatives during the ceremonies.
The 2020 Emmy Awards were no different in this regard.
Pandering to the left
During his opening monologue, Kimmel took a swipe at President Donald Trump and his supporters, congratulating himself and the Emmys for choosing not to have a live audience amid the coronavirus pandemic, in contrast to rallies recently held by the president.
“Of course we don’t have an audience; this isn’t a MAGA rally, it’s the Emmys. Instead of the live audience, we took a page from baseball tonight and we filled the seats with cardboard cutouts of the nominees,” Kimmel said.
We put the “mono” in monologue at the 2020 #Emmys… @TelevisionAcad @ABCNetwork @BatemanJason https://t.co/Wtajk450SK
— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel)1600650526.0
Then later in the show, actor Anthony Anderson, star of the sitcom “Black-ish,” awkwardly led Kimmel in chanting “Black Lives Matter!” on stage.
“Louder, Jimmy!” Anderson hollered at Kimmel during the rehearsed bit. “Say it so that my kids can hear it!”
TheBlaze’s Dave Urbanski noted that there was, curiously, no mention of the fact that Kimmel was recently forced to take a leave of absence from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” after a controversial video of him in blackface resurfaced.
.@AnthonyAnderson was looking forward to the blackest #Emmys ever… #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/HFcTp1OfHR
— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel)1600656253.0
The show also spoofed the ongoing controversies surround the postal service and mail-in voting with a rehearsed exchange between Kimmel and a peculiar — and obviously Russian — mail carrier.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Odd New Mailman at the Emmys
Though not watched by many, the awards show was praised for its diversity of nominees and winners. Deadline reported that black and LGBTQ nominees experienced a marked uptick in this year’s ceremony.
“On the acting side, there were more than 30 people of color nominated, while actors who have openly identified as members of the LGBTQ+ community took in nearly a dozen nominations. On the hosting side, six people of color were nominated while seven people who identified as LGBTQ+ received nods,” the outlet noted.