Ratings: 2018 Emmys Hits All-Time Viewership Low

Published: Thursday 20th Sep 2018 by Rashad

Despite last year’s Primetime Emmy Awards boasting a slight improvement in ratings from its predecessor, the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (which aired live from the Los Angeles Microsoft Theater on September 17th) took that promising trend back downward.

Drawing a record-low audience, this year’s showing – hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘Saturday Night Live’ – saw an 11 percent drop in viewership compared to the last two years.

Curious to see just how many tuned in to see “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” become the first show from a streaming service to win best comedy and HBO’s hit series, “Game of Thrones,” win the top drama? The answer inside:

Monday’s show drew a record-low audience of just over 10.21 million people, down 11 percent from the past two years.

The decline to 10.21 million continues a troubling trend for televised awards shows. The Oscars audience this year was down 19 percent from 2017 and the Grammys were down 23 percent.

The further fragmentation of television undoubtedly plays a role in audience interest levels. When “Frasier” was winning awards in the 1990s, the comedy was regularly seen in nearly 20 million homes. 

Three times in the 1990s, the audience for the Emmy Awards exceeded 20 million people. [source]


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  1. The Wig Snatcher September 20, 2018

    Stop making super-liberal political statements and just be diverse, respectful, etc.

    • SMH September 20, 2018

      You mean shuck and jive so the white folks dont get scared? Um no, you can play good little slave all by yourself thank you.

  2. The Alpha September 20, 2018

    10.21 million is an all time low? lol good lord! You guys headline are so misleading, please stop doing the most for views,

  3. madbrax September 21, 2018

    every award shows are hitting all time lows year after year. nobody cares for them anymore. it’s 2018 it all needs to be on social media so the zombies will watch

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