Saturday, April 20, 2024

2024 Emmy Ratings: Low Low Numbers, Down 2 Million Viewers from 2023 as NFL Games Tackle Awards Fox Show That Resembled Critics Choice a Day Earlier


The fast overnight ratings for the 2024 Emmy Awards are pretty shabby.

Playing against NFL games, and a day after the Critics Choice Awards were basically the same, the Emmys were tackled long before they got to the end zone.

The highest they got was 3.99 million viewers about mid way through the show. Otherwise they were stuck around 3.85 million.

These numbers come from major markets and could get a little higher when all the ballots are counted. But football ruled the night.

The last Emmys, in September 2022, scored 5.9 million, which was down from 7.6 million the year before. The trend is down down down.

The show last night was admirable for saluting nostalgia, bringing on reunions of old shows and replicating their sets. But not all of it worked. Anthony Anderson’s mother has worn out her welcome. Also, Fox ran so many commercials that the show seemed secondary to them.

The theme of the Emmys now is Netflix vs. HBO. “Abbott Elementary” is the only broadcast show involved in the game. There’s nary a mention of network TV, not a nod to the existence of “Law & Order” or the Dick Wolf shows, or any of the other procedurals.

The funniest moment came when the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” was allowed to present an award and realized the Emmys had been going on behind their backs for the last 16 seasons!

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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