NEW DELHI: After delivering his debut address at the United Nations on Tuesday, Donald Trump finally got around to commenting on something that had apparently perturbed him for the previous couple of days – the politically charged 2017 Emmy Awards.
The president tweeted his sadness at “how bad the ratings were” for Sunday's Emmy Awards.
He tweeted, “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever.”
Trump added that his supporters, the "deplorables," were the "smartest people" for not tuning in.
I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the "DEPLORABLES."— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
But audience figures show that was not exactly true. The ratings, although nothing spectacular, didn't dip to record levels, and were in fact slightly up.
The final audience tally for this year's Emmys, hosted by longtime Trump critic Stephen Colbert, avoided the all-time low 11.3 million viewers that tuned in last year, with the show averaging 11.4 million viewers for the night.
It was only a matter of time before the president responded to the 69th ceremony, which was dominated by political jokes from host Stephen Colbert and many of the evening's winners and presenters.
‘The Late Show’ host, 53, kicked off the show with a musical number and a monologue that featured a surprise appearance from former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“We all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump,” Colbert told the star-studded audience.
A member of the Trump White House, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway argued that the awards have become too political.