Apparently, adding more hosts to the Emmys does not add more viewers. This year’s telecast, presided over by Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum, Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel, and Jeff Probst, only managed to reach 12.2 million viewers, down 6 percent from last year’s 13 million. Not helping the snooze fest — I mean — elegant awards program was competition from NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which scored a solid 16 million viewers.
ABC didn’t have much luck earlier in the evening either with Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars. The funnyman’s special only saw a paltry 4.7 million viewers; Stars actually had less viewers in its first half-hour (4.6) than a rerun of American Dad on Fox (4.7 mil). But Kimmel’s main opponent was the old fogies at 60 Minutes who dominated the 7-8 p.m. hour with 17.2 million viewers. Maybe Andy Rooney should host next year’s Emmys?