The Emmy Awards Win The Ratings For The Night, But The Number Of Viewers Dropped

August 28, 2014  |  

Ratings for the Emmy Awards are in, and while the ceremony won the night, the number of people who watched the broadcast dropped to 15.6 million from 17.8 million last year.

This year’s ceremony took place on a Monday, the first time that’s happened since 1976. On the new night and network (NBC) did well. But last year, it was on CBS with a football lead-in. Those 2013 numbers were the highest since 2005. Competition this year included Gordon Ramsey’s Masterchef on Fox, Bachelor in Paradise on ABC, and Under the Dome on CBS.

NBC should be pleased with the outcome given the fact that change in the day made many, including host Seth Meyers, question whether it would be watched. Breaking Bad and Modern Family were the big winners. And the touching tribute by Billy Crystal for his friend Robin Williams had everyone tearing up.

But we also had the VMAs the previous night. Between Nicki’s wardrobe malfunction, Beyonce’s mega performance, and Blue Ivy’s mini performance, the excitement level was on 10. The Emmys are much more sedate. If the Emmys were going to compete, we would need much more making out from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston.

Separately but related, “Billy on the Street” did an Emmy special with Seth Meyers and… umm, maybe we can incorporate this into the show next year. Hi-lar-ious.

Via The LA Times and Deadline Hollywood

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