After having stopped the bleeding in 2021, the Emmys resumed their ratings decline with the 74th awards, plummeting greater than 20% to record-low viewers, by Nielsen knowledge.

This 12 months present averaged 5.9 million viewers, down from 7.4 million final 12 months, and roughly a half-million wanting the earlier low recorded in 2020, a digital ceremony mounted through the pre-vaccine stage of the coronavirus pandemic.

A couple of caveats apply, together with the truth that the Emmys – which rotate among the many 4 main broadcast networks – shifted to Monday evening from Sunday, as they do at any time when the present is carried by NBC due to the battle with “Sunday Night Football.”


Emmy ratings often take success throughout these NBC years, and the competitors included an extremely aggressive NFL sport between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks that averaged greater than 10 million viewers.

Still, to underscore how steadily and steeply viewing of the award ceremonies has fallen, the Emmys averaged 10.2 million viewers the final time that NBC broadcast them in 2018.

All the key award reveals took a steep hit in 2020, however, most exhibited some rating rebound. The Oscars, for instance, grew by more than 50% in March after plummeting to a record low in the earlier 12 months.

As has changed into widespread, the Emmys had been largely awarded to streaming and premium TV programs that usually appeal to smaller audiences than the preferred broadcast reveals, even with the decline in viewership of linear TV. That dynamic is perceived as a contributing issue to the regular rating erosion, lowering the rooting curiosity of viewers whose consideration is scattered amongst an abundance of choices.

HBO’s “Succession” and “The White Lotus” nabbed two of the highest prizes, with the third going to Apple TV+’s comedy “Ted Lasso” for the second consecutive 12 months. (HBO and CNN are each owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.)

This 12-month’s Emmys featured comparatively little dialogue on politics, which is often cited as turning off some viewers.

Critics had been usually unimpressed with the telecast, which was hosted by longtime “Saturday Night Live” solid member Kenan Thompson.