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Trump and Kimmel Go at It Over Oscars

Mar 6, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Jimmy Kimmel and Donald Trump rekindled their war of words when Trump took to social media to rub it in about the ratings for Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, which was hosted by Kimmel.

Trump sent out a tweet this morning in which he wrote: “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”

Kimmel returned fire later, tweeting: “Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY.”

Both claims appear to have some credibility. The AP reported in January: “Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.”

The AP report added: “That’s according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump’s, at 49 percent.”

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports: “Like most live television events in the streaming age, the Oscars did indeed ebb again this year. The live, 90th-anniversary ceremony attracted an average audience of 26.5 million total viewers, based on Nielsen’s ratings. … It was down 19% from last year’s 32.9 million viewers and dipped below 2008’s all-time low of 32 million viewers.”

The Times adds: “However, ABC readily pointed out that it led the prime-time ratings Sunday, and the telecast out-performed the other key award shows of the season, namely the Grammys on CBS and Golden Globe Awards on NBC.”

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  1. ABC touting that their ratings drop of 19% was less than the drop of other awards shows on other networks kind of reminded me of someone saying, “My failure is less than other peoples failure”. If they wanted to keep a positive spin on disaster of what happened, they should have just mentioned their show led the prime-time ratings. Everything else was really negative information. Accentuate the positive if you want advertisers to spend money with you. 26.5 million viewers is a big number; and it’s probably going to be a higher number than they will be drawing next year.

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