Bringing back the traditional red carpet and star clusters, though small, the ceremony aired by CBS achieved a 16% increase in viewership compared to last year’s edition, which was virtual and the worst with 6.1 million viewers. Television record set. .
“Overall, it was a great night on television and a great way to start the new season,” CBS said in a statement.
But Sunday’s viewership was the third lowest in Emmy history, at a time when all the awards saw a sharp drop in viewership.
“The Crown”, “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Ted Lasso” won top prizes at the 73 Emmys, marking the first major wins for Netflix and Apple TV+, a night when streaming platforms dominated traditional television networks. .
The only individual award given to one of America’s largest networks went to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”, which received the best variety show statuette, while CBS went away empty-handed.
“Like televising your funeral,” wrote Hollywood Reporter columnist Scott Feinberg, who said the transition from the cable television era to the streaming age “is complete.”
The “Celebrating America” special, which aired on several television networks in January and focused on President Joe Biden, was also recognized.
CBS said Final Emmy viewership is expected to increase by Tuesday, when the numbers are confirmed, and streaming of the ceremony has doubled since the final gala presentation on CBS in 2017.
Sunday’s Emmys competed for spectators with an important NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs.