President Trump Lashes Out at Emmys Over Ratings

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
President Donald Trump speaks at Trump Tower on Aug. 15, 2017 in New York City. 

Late Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump tweeted his sadness at "how bad the ratings were" for Sunday's Emmy Awards.

He described the ratings for CBS' telecast of the awards as "the worst ever," but audience figures show that wasn't 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. 

Trump added that his supporters, the "deplorables," were the "smartest people" for not tuning in. 

This year's Emmy Awards were particularly political in nature, which has drawn the ire of many conservative politicians and media members. A member of the Trump White House, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, used a Monday morning appearance on Fox News to argue that the awards have become too political. She also said the show's ratings are "suffering," and that "America is responding by tuning out."

Bill O'Reilly, a frequent Trump defender, said the audience at the Emmy Awards was smug. "It was like, ah, you're just actors and performers," the former Fox News host said on his subscriber podcast on Monday. "That's what you do. You're talented but then you have no right to radiate superiority and particularly when it comes to politics when most of you don't know anything.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.