“Amazing!” That’s how 52% of Oscar fans voted in our recent poll asking how Jimmy Kimmel did as host on his second time at bat. Meanwhile, 34% said he was “just okay” while 14% of haters thought he was “awful.” What did YOU think about Kimmel’s reign as Oscars emcee? And should the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” star come back for an unprecedented third time at next year’s ceremony? Sound off down in the comments section.
Kimmel is no stranger to hosting awards shows on ABC as he’s also emceed the Emmys twice, in 2012 and 2016. However, his most infamous awards show moment ever came during last year’s Oscars, when he had to calm everyone’s nerves after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally named “La La Land” as Best Picture instead of actual winner “Moonlight.” Kimmel, Beatty and Dunaway were all invited back this year as a sort of do-over, and everything went off without a hitch.
While fans are overwhelmingly pleased with Kimmel’s hosting abilities, the overnight numbers tell a different story. It turns out that the ratings for Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards were the lowest since 2008. The show registered a rating of 18.9 for the first three hours, shockingly down 15% from last year’s Envelopegate. Most people had assumed that the numbers were going to shoot up this year in the wake of the highly publicized Best Picture mix-up, but that wasn’t the case.
Prior to Kimmel, other recent Oscar hosts have included Chris Rock (2005 and 2016), Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2007 and 2014), Seth MacFarlane (2013), James Franco & Anne Hathaway (2011), Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin (2010), Hugh Jackman (2009), Jon Stewart (2006 and 2008), Steve Martin (2001 and 2003) and Whoopi Goldberg (1994, 1996, 1999, 2002). How does Kimmel stack up to these contenders?