Stephen Colbert hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday, September 17, 2017, from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was aired on CBS and was streamed live on CBS All Access. Therefore, people who wanted to see it had different ways of witnessing what happened on Hollywood's big night. This was the first time Colbert had ever hosted a show of this magnitude. He hosted last year's Kennedy Center Honors, but that was different.

It probably wasn't difficult getting the 53-year-old comedian to agree to host the awards because he is already on the CBS payroll.

Two years ago, he became the host of "The Late Show." Now that the Emmys are over and the last award has been handed out, what are people saying about Colbert's hosting gig?

Host of the Emmys

The show was opened with a film of Colbert making the statues. He was joined by Anthony Anderson and Allison Janney. Colbert told them that television couldn't be better. Still on film, the host opened the show by singing and dancing. Most people didn't know he could do either one. He was very creative when he sang about how television is so much a part of people's lives. A lot of people appeared in the host's opening routine which worked well. They included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sterling Archer, Chance the rapper, the cast of "This Is Us" and many others.

After his opening number, he did what most other hosts have done in the past. He presented a monologue where he talked about different things the audience and viewers could relate to. Of course, he joked about President Donald Trump, Bill Maher and others who may or may not have been in the audience. Oprah Winfrey was sitting right there in the front row when Colbert joked that she had been snubbed for an award.

The monologue has been described as a mixture of good and bad jokes.


This year's Emmy Awards had 11.4 million viewers. It had a slight edge over last year's 11.3 million viewers when the show was hosted by ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. The hosts should not be blamed for the ratings because there are various reasons why people will or will not tune in.

Because "Game of Thrones" was not in the running, some viewers might not have been motivated to watch.

Ratings for the Emmys have been going down in recent years. For instance, 17.6 million viewers watched when Neil Patrick Harris hosted the show in 2013. Ratings went down to 15.6 million in 2014 when Seth Meyers was the host. When Andy Samberg hosted in 2015, there were 11.9 million viewers.

The observation is that ratings for the Emmy Awards are decreasing no matter who the host happens to be. As far as Colbert's hosting is concerned, most people say he did a fantastic job. What do you think about Colbert's hosting?