When it comes to ratings, Kimmel could have his work cut out, as for the past two years the Oscars ceremony has underperformed in viewership. In 2016, the show—which was hosted by comedian Chris Rock—hit an eight-year low with some 34.4 million viewers; while in 2015, the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars hit a six-year low, according to media reports citing Nielsen data at the time.
Oscar events before that however delivered strong numbers, including 2014 when hosted by Ellen and 2013's, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, with each delivering over 43.5 million and over 40 million viewers respectively.
It's not just been the Oscars however which has been under pressure when it comes to ratings. In 2016, a whole host of award shows have underperformed compared to previous years, including the Grammys, Emmys and MTV's Video Music Awards, as changes in how society watches television has ramifications on the industry.
Even so, the Academy and ABC—who is broadcasting the event—expect the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" presenter to do a great job next year.
"Jimmy is the perfect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hollywood community and gifted at connecting with an audience as the consummate emcee," Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment's president said in a statement. "We expect the evening will be filled with great fun while honoring the best in the movie business."
The 89th Oscars award show is set to take place on Sunday, February 26 2017 in Hollywood, while the ultimate nominations for the event will be revealed on January 24, 2017.
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