Neil Patrick Harris Helps Boost Emmy Ratings

September 21, 2009 By:
Neil Patrick Harris Helps Boost Emmy Ratings

As we expected, Neil Patrick Harris was a good thing for the Emmy Awards. He single-handedly boosted the ratings of the show, with viewership as high as it’s been in three years.

Nielsen estimates suggest that $13.1 people tuned in. Here’s what people had to say about his hosting ability:

"From the moment he walked onstage...you knew you were in good hands." (Los Angeles Times)

• "The very model of a smart, funny host, he was the classiest Emmy host since Johnny Carson, with equally good posture." (Entertainment Weekly)

• "Affable, charming and simultaneously self-deprecating and comically self-aggrandizing." (Hollywood Reporter)

• "You're doing such a wonderful job." (Jon Stewart—during the telecast)

• "This is how you host the Emmys." (Jeff Probst—during the show)

How do you think Neil did last night?