Jimmy Kimmel | 2012

Television host veteran Kimmel presented the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2012/03/jimmy-kimmel-to-host-emmys-for-the-first-time.html">perhaps a surprising first</a> for a man toting a bevy of emcee gigs throughout his career. Nielsen reports that Kimmel's performance <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/tv/la-et-st-neil-patrick-harris-host-emmy-awards-20130529,0,5891803.story">delivered an average of 13.2 million viewers</a> (up 6% from 2011), but scored a 3.8 rating to tie the all-time Emmys low in 2008. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/72495401/Entertainment/Jimmy-Kimmel-tries-to-fool-Tweeters-from-Emmys">Here's footage of Kimmel trying to boost telecast ratings with a social media prank</a> that involves Tracy Morgan faking loss of consciousness on the Emmy stage. Was Kimmel a guiding light or flame you wanted to extinguish? All we can say is that "if you hire a late-night host for an awards show, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/emmys/la-et-st-emmys-2012-highlights-best-worst-pictures,0,5341479.photogallery?index=la-et-st-emmys-2012-highlights-best-worst-pict-006">you'll get a late-night show monologue</a>."
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( Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / September 23, 2012 )

Television host veteran Kimmel presented the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, perhaps a surprising first for a man toting a bevy of emcee gigs throughout his career. Nielsen reports that Kimmel's performance delivered an average of 13.2 million viewers (up 6% from 2011), but scored a 3.8 rating to tie the all-time Emmys low in 2008. Here's footage of Kimmel trying to boost telecast ratings with a social media prank that involves Tracy Morgan faking loss of consciousness on the Emmy stage. Was Kimmel a guiding light or flame you wanted to extinguish? All we can say is that "if you hire a late-night host for an awards show, you'll get a late-night show monologue."

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