Sean Spicer did it again — falsely claiming a record audience. But this time, it was all in fun as a surprise guest Sunday at the Emmys.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period! Both in person and around the world!” the former White House press secretary said in resurrecting his January remarks in the wake of President Trump’s inauguration.
The Washington Post considered it a revelation:
“Spicer’s winking Emmy appearance suggested he wasn’t just spreading falsehoods about crowd sizes and other topics, but that he knew full well they were false at the time he spread them — a practice more commonly known as ‘lying,’” wrote Christopher Ingraham.
But again, the “largest audience” claim was bogus.
With 11.38 million viewers tuning in, the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards was even with last year’s show on ABC, which was the all-time low, noted Deadline.
“The 2016 show was down 5 percent from the 2015 show, which was the previous low. Among adults 18-49, last night’s Emmys snagged a 2.5 rating,” Deadline said. “That’s down 10 percent from the Jimmy Kimmel hosted show of last year, the previous demo low.”
One reason for the ratings crash was so many Floridians still without power — only “50 of 56 markets reporting due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma hitting Florida last week.”
Also: The 2017 Emmys faced the Atlanta Falcons vs Green Bay Packers game on “Sunday Night Football.”
“Kicked off with a dubious Sean Spicer cameo, the awards show also was up against around 30 minutes of the Denver Broncos’ ratings strong pounding of the Dallas Cowboy that spilled over in to FOX’s primetime. While unlikely to have had a big impact on the Emmys numbers, Sunday was the debut of Ken Burns’ new The Vietnam War documentary series on PBS too.”