Monday night’s Emmy Awards on NBC hit a new viewership low —just 5.9 million people tuned in. That’s even smaller than the COVID-19-disrupted ceremony two years ago, and a 25% percent drop from last year.
The show’s highest viewership level was in 2000, with 21.8 million viewers tuning in.
Ratings that high are unlikely to return.
From The New York Post:
Highlights of this year’s show included “Abbott Elementary” actress Sheryl Lee Ralph’s singing Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species” during her acceptance speech, and “White Lotus” star Jennifer Coolidge’schaotic, but on-brand speech, cut too short.
HBO’s “The White Lotus” cast and crew won all five of the categories for which they were nominated, but the network’s other standout, “Succession,” and “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, each won the night’s top categories for Outstanding Drama and Comedy series, respectively.
Thompson kicked off the show alongside backup dancers, grooving to remixes of popular TV show theme songs, including those of “Friends,” “Law & Order” and “Game of Thrones.”
Perhaps the most talked about event of the evening, was late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s joke gone wrong, in which he pretended to be passed out on stage while Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson gave her acceptance speech for outstanding writing for a comedy series.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 13, 2022