Emmy Ratings Lowest in at Least 15 Years
September 17, 2007 1:29 PM
Despite some critics calling the 59th Emmy Awards the most entertaining in years, the Fox telecast was the lowest-rated Emmy presentation since at least 1991.
Sunday’s awards telecast, facing heavy competition from NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” earned a 4.3 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49. That’s down 17 percent from last year’s telecast on NBC.
The Emmys still won the night among non-sports programming, good enough to land Fox in second place.
The numbers continue the Emmys’ recent downward ratings spiral.
Fox’s Emmy red-carpet coverage garnered a 2.9, but that number is even more approximate than most due to NFL overrun coverage.
Fox wasn’t the only network taking a hit, however. Although NBC topped the night with its football game, Fox’s Emmy competition took its toll. The San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots match pulled a 5.8 rating, down 24 percent from last week’s game. The pre-show “Football Night in America” earned a 3.3.
CBS was third, with football a strong lead-in for “60 Minutes” (3.4), then “Big Brother” (2.6) and repeats.
ABC was fourth with repeats and a second-run movie. The CW was fifth with repeats.