Emmy Ratings Plummet

Sep 21, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Sunday’s 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox saw a big decline in ratings from last year, based on early Nielsen results for the metered markets.

Writing on Deadline.com, Dominic Patten reports that the numbers were down 20%, with an 8.7 rating and 14 share. Last year’s Emmys, which aired on a Monday night on NBC, delivered a 10.9 rating/18 share.

The damage is even worse when comparing Sunday’s early results with the numbers from two years ago — the last time the Emmys aired on a Sunday. Last night’s ceremony was off 28% from the 12.1/19 in metered-market returns for the 2013 Emmys on CBS.

One factor in the sluggish returns is football, Patten notes. Sunday’s Emmys were up against “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, which featured the Green Bay Packers beating the Seattle Seahawks 27-17. The game had strong metered-market results, delivering a 16.3/27.

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  1. Yeah not surprised…

  2. I am a total fan of the emmy’s. this show was the worst I’ve ever seen. It was truly awful and I could not bear to watch it.

  3. If the Emmy’s gave awards to shows that people actually watched then it would be more interesting and have higher ratings. How many times will HBO, Netflix and Amazon (by the way, when will the US Postal Service have their own “network”?) win awards for shows that hardly no one watches? Broadcast is available to everyone for free, even cable shows have a place, but to keep giving Olive Kitteridge awards is ridiculous. Most of the Emmy’s broadcast viewers never saw that show so they have zero knowledge about it which equals zero interest. Paid subscription shows should have their own category. Veep won for best comedy but only airs about 10 episodes per season while Modern Family airs 24 every season. How is that a fair comparison?

  4. Doesn’t help that I was getting alerts on my iPhone as every winner was announced.

  5. Was that Jeffrey Tambor or Maura Pfefferman accepting that Emmy? That is why people stopped watching. It used to be a chance to see the actors as real people. But now it has become a contest as to who can be the most politically correct and give the best political speech. People are tired of this schtick and that is why ratings keep dropping for all of the awards show.

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