Though currently steeped in controversy for boasting its most diverse pool of nominees over its 73-year history (yet not awarding any of them in major categories), the EMMYs does have something to celebrate as its 2021 incarnation has ended a streak of low ratings.
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Viewership = 7.4 Million
The last decade may have seen most award shows reel in their “lowest ratings ever” year after year, but this year’s Primetime EMMYs broke the trend when it reported an uptick in viewership.
After two years of all-time lows, television’s biggest night averaged about 7.4 million viewers – a 16 percent improvement from last year’s telecast. In fact, it’s the highest figure garnered by the ceremony since 2018 when it courted 10.2 million sets of eyes.
The reported figure of 7.4 million is from the early ratings report, meaning it only includes real-time viewership. Once DVR numbers and live streaming are factored in (i.e. Hulu, fuboTV, YouTube TV, etc.), the final figure for the Cedric the Entertainer-hosted event will be even higher. [source]