Emmy Awards Drop to All-Time Low 6.1 Million Viewers! UPDATED: The Emmys have hit their lowest ever viewership once again. Per the Nielsen Live+Same Day fast nationals for Sunday night, the awards telecast averaged just a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. That is a drop off of approximately 12% from last year’s low in viewership and a drop off of 25% in the key demo.
Last year marked a historic low for TV’s top awards show, as a host-less ceremony on Fox delivered a massive 33% decline from the year before, scoring a 1.6 rating and drawing only 6.9 million viewers. For comparison, the previous four ceremonies before that were watched by 10.2 million viewers, 11.4 million viewers (in both 2017 and 2016) and 11.9 million viewers. That 6.9 million figure was roughly one third of the total pairs of eyeballs the Emmys drew as recently as 2013.
Sunday night’s ceremony could have been a flaming disaster, but by and large Kimmel managed to keep things together (especially considering he was leading proceedings from an empty Staples Center) and ABC produced a coherent show despite all kinds of COVID-19 related barriers.
It has to be noted that the Emmys faced even stiffer competition than usual on Sunday night, as the show aired against both NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and the NBA Playoffs on the East Coast in the primetime window for the first time.
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Emmy Awards Drop to All-Time Low 6.1 Million Viewers!! Emmy Awards Drop to All-Time Low 6.1 Million Viewers!