He was the evening’s absent star, but the president waited until after his bellicose U.N. speech to deliver his verdict on the awards show that skewered him so thoroughly. “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever,” he tweeted.
In the end, when adjustments were made the broadcast had an average 11.4 million viewers, up from 2016’s 11.3 viewers. Viewership has been dropping steadily over the past few years after strong performances in 2013 and 2014.
Nielsen overnight data has the awards telecast averaging a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.6 million total viewers, subject to adjustment later Monday based on time-zone adjustments that haven’t yet been made.
HBO topped the most awards of any network with “Veep” winning for best comedy, while Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won for best drama series and nabbed a total of eight awards (including Elisabeth Moss for best actress). “Saturday Night Live’s” new golden era was rewarded with nine awards, including honors for Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon for supporting acting awards. A full list of Sunday night’s winners.