Sunday’s 73rd Emmy Awards drew 7.4 million total viewers on CBS, besting last year’s all-time low total for the annual awards show, according to preliminary Nielsen data. The 2021 show was up 16% in total viewers compared to last year. The 7.4 million total-viewer tally was the largest audience since the 2018 show, which aired on NBC.
After winning 44 Emmys in total this year — tying the record for most wins by a single platform/network in a single year, set by CBS in 1974 — Bela Bajaria, the Netflix head of global TV, said the scores of statuettes made for “an historic night.”
From the singalong opener to a tribute to the late Michael K. Williams, here’s a roundup of the standout moments from the Emmy Awards.
Larry King, Norm Macdonald, Michael K. Williams and no fewer than three cast members of The Mary Tyler Moore Show were among the stars remembered during this year’s Emmy In Memoriam segment.
The 2021 Emmy Award nominations showed major improvement in recognizing the contributions of BIPOC talent, and Black performers had a strong showing at the Creative Arts ceremonies. But this positive upswing was more of a wrecking ball on Sunday night when nominees of color failed to win most categories, including all six acting fields.
Between Netflix’s Sarandos and Apple’s Lasso it was a big night for anyone named Ted.
While the top series categories awarded on the main Emmy telecast all went to the projected overwhelming favorites, The Crown (drama series), Ted Lasso (comedy series), The Queen’s Gambit (limited series) and RuPaul’s Drag Race (reality competition series), there were also a few surprises along the way Sunday.
Following concerns raised by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, along with “Crip Camp” co-director James LeBrecht, the Emmys stage will feature a fully accessible ramp compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
However, CBS’ 60 Minutes is the show with the most nominations for the 40th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, with a total of 23. HBO’s Vice News Tonight follows with 18 noms for the awards, which will be handed out Sept. 24 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.
The kind of television that now enthralls the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is not the kind of television that broadcasters make — or that most people watch. Three-quarters of Americans never even heard of the Amazon show that won most of the comedy prizes Monday night. Broadcasters would be better off if they created their own awards. If nothing else, the ratings would be better.
By CBS’s count, that’s more than any other news organization. The venerable 60 Minutes accounted for 24 of the nominations with CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and Sunday Morning picking up the other seven.
This year’s Emmy nominations, announced yesterday, were dominated by Big Little Lies, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale and Feud: Bette and Joan, shows that not only highlight strong female performances but also put women’s stories at the center of the action.
With the help of a resurgent Trump-fueled SNL and hit primetime drama This Is Us, NBC picked up 60 Emmy nominations today, putting it third in total nominations behind HBO with 110 and Netflix with 91. ABC, CBS and Fox finished 5th, 6th and 7th in total nominations. The drama series nod for This Is Us is the first for broadcast TV since The Good Wife got one in 2011.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge blocked the sale of an Emmy Award that Whitney Houston won 30 years ago after it was put on the auction block by the late singer’s family. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against Heritage Auctions and the pop star’s estate, which planned […]
Kimmel, host of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, is a natural choice for ABC, which is airing the Primetime Emmy Awards in September under the wheel system wherein the telecast rotates each year among the Big Four networks. The gig would mark the second time Kimmel has hosted the Emmys; his first round was back in 2012, when ABC last carried them.
Hot off his Emmy win for best drama, Vince Gilligan, the creator and producer of “Breaking Bad,” has struck a deal with CBS that will bring him to the more lucrative side of the business, broadcast television.
The awards show earned its biggest TV audience for an Emmys show in nearly a decade, according to Nielsen data supplied by CBS. The network estimates 40 million people at least watched a portion of Sunday’s broadcast. About 13 million viewers watched last year’s show on ABC.
Adam Klugman, the son of the late Jack Klugman, who was a three-time Emmy winner and star of The Odd Couple, says it’s “criminal” that his dad wasn’t part of a special Emmy tribute, honoring those who died in the past year. “My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days,” Klugman said.
The Emmys were popular last night and ultimtaely won in total viewers, but NBC’s Sunday Night Football remained the top Sunday show when it comes to the key 18-49 demographic. The game between the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers averaged a 5.5 overnight rating for that age group and a 15 share. CBS, with its 3.5 hour Emmys broadcast, was narrowly behind at 4.8/13. Fox came in third with repeats of The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. ABC was fifth for a repeat of Once Upon a Time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Matt Damon and Michael Douglas won’t just be competing for an Emmy. They’ll be handing one out, too. Emmys producers announced the pair as this year’s first presenters Tuesday. Damon and Douglas are both nominated for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for “Behind the Candelabra.” The HBO biopic […]
Juried winners in several categories — animation, costuming, documentary — score the first victories for the September kudos.
CBS will present the 65th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, from L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre. Nominations for the Emmys will be announced on Thursday, July 18.