Saturday, June 15, 2024

TV Ratings: Emmy Awards Lose Almost 2 Mil Viewers in Move to Monday


The ratings are in. The Emmy Awards lost 1.8 million viewers by moving from a Sunday to a Monday. The key demo was also down to 4.2 from 4.9. Last year when CBS ran them on a Sunday the ratings were a huge total 17.6 million total viewers.

On Monday night it was 15.8 million. NBC is thrilled because Monday night’s show was the second highest since 2006. But listen, really, 1.8 million people didn’t watch the show carrying over from last year.

The move to Monday hurt, in the deadest week of summer when everyone is still away. And the show was a rerun basically of 2013 with similar winners. You gotta love how they spin it, though. It takes creative thinking. Or magical thinking.

The Emmys are in a tough spot, though. So many “TV shows” now air of network, it’s hard to organize the process. Not just Netflix, but PBS and BBC America, PBS, plus of course HBO and Showtime have diffused the audience. But really, once a show or an actor wins, that should be it. This business of “Modern Family” every year is ludicrous. And Jim Parsons, year after year? Come on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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