Basically everyone was watching Sunday night football instead of the Emmys.
Last night’s Emmys was funny, less boring than most, ended on time, and not to mention a historical one. But still, the 67th Annual Emmy Awards were the least watched in history.
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the Emmys didn’t allow the show to be live-streamed online…but anyways, Nielson reports the show, aired on Fox and hosted by Andy Samberg, drew in just 11.9 million viewers.
By comparison, the Green Bay Packers versus Seattle Seahawks football game on NBC attracted 20 million viewers. The Wall Street Journal notes that last year’s Emmys show, which aired in August, had no regular season NFL game to compete against for ratings.
Last year’s show aired on NBC and averaged 15.6 million viewers, and 17.8 million viewers on CBS in 2013. The Emmys’ previous audience low was 12.3 million viewers, in both 1990 on Fox with hosts Candice Bergen, Jay Leno, and Jane Pauley and in 2008 on ABC with hosts Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest.
As far as highs go, the Emmys garnered 17.8 million in 2013 on CBS, and the largest audience of all time (on record) was in 1986 with 36 million on NBC.
HBO had the biggest win of the night, taking home 14 awards in total while Game of Thrones set a new record for most wins in a year (out of 24 nominations, GOT took home 12 awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Outstanding Directing for David Nutter, and Outstanding Supporting Actor for star Peter Dinklage).
If in fact you were watching football in lieu of the Emmys, or could not find a reliable enough stream on one of the many corners of the Internet (which wouldn’t have counted towards its Nielson rating anyways), here’s everything you need to know that you missed.