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Emmy Awards Ratings Hit the Lowest Point in History


67th Primetime Emmy Awards hit record low ratings.

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards broke records, created history, and surprised millions of fans. However, the ratings for the 67th Annul Primetime Emmy Awards had the lowest ratings ever.

According to reports, Sunday’s telecast of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards had only 11.9 million viewers. That is down nearly 4 million viewers from last year’s 15.6 million.

The biggest reason for the drop in ratings may stem from the fact that this year the Emmy’s had to face off against an NFL game. But, that cannot explain why the Emmy’s had the lowest ratings in history.

From Variety:

The previous recorded total-viewer low for the show was 12.3 million in both 1990 (its first year on Fox) and 2008 on ABC. The 1974 Emmys on ABC likely drew a smaller audience, but a total-viewer count wasn’t available, according to Nielsen; that year’s show was seen in 6.85 million homes, which is the smallest tune-in of the past 60 years. The total-viewer high in recent years remains the 17.8 million in 2013 on CBS, and the largest audience on record was the nearly 36 million who watched NBC’s telecast in 1986.

What is shocking to believe is that the Emmys are the sixth most popular awards show behind The Oscars and the Golden Globes.

The Emmys are merely the sixth most popular awards show of the past year. They trail the Oscars on ABC (37.3 million), the Grammys on CBS (24.8 million), the Golden Globes on NBC (19.3 million), the CMAs on ABC (16.3 million) and the ACMs on CBS (16.0 million), while they come in ahead of the AMAs (11.6 million) and Billboard Music Awards (11.2 million), both on ABC.

Which begs the question? Is this Kanye West’s fault? Last month, during MTV’s Video Music Awards, Kanye West accepted the Vanguard award. During his acceptance speech the rapper/fashion designer/actor/presidential candidate revealed his hatred for Award shows.

Kanye West

From MTV.com:

The … The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing. I just … I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee-Lo lose. Gnarls Barkley and the FutureLove … SexyBack album … and Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast, but I saw that man in tears, bro. You know, and I was thinking, like, ’He deserved to win Album of the Year!’”

Kanye argues the point of the award shows is to stir up controversy in order to keep help watching.

Look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? ’Cause it got them more ratings? You know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award ’cause it got them more ratings? Listen to the kids, bro! I still don’t understand awards shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who worked their entire life … sold records, sold concert tickets to come stand on the carpet and for the first time in they life be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser! I don’t understand it, bruh!

Are people following in Kanye West’s footsteps and boycotting award shows like the Emmy’s? Probably not. But, if the Emmy’s do not change, expect it to become a brief moment of the past.

Megan Diane
Megan Dianehttps://www.projectcasting.com
Hi, I'm Megan Browne, the Head of Partnerships at Project Casting - a job board for the entertainment industry. As Head of Partnerships, I help businesses find the best talent for their influencer campaigns, photo shoots, and film productions. Creating these partnerships has enabled me to help businesses scale and reach their true potential. I'm excited to continue driving growth by connecting people with projects they're passionate about.

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