The 71st Emmys Was a Catastrophic Failure for Awards Show Viewership

  • Indiewire
The Emmys made Television Academy history Sunday night, but not for a reason anyone in the industry will like: The 71st Primetime Emmys were the lowest-rated Emmys since the annual awards show began tracking viewership data in 1990.

Around 6.9 million people tuned in to Fox to watch the hostless Emmys last night, marking a new low for an awards show that has been hemorrhaging viewers for the last few years. The previous all-time-low for Emmys viewership was 2018’s 10.17 million viewers, followed by 2016’s similarly tepid 11.30 million viewers. (Viewership for the 2017 Emmys were barely better than those of the 2016 show).

“Hemorrhaging viewers” sounds harsh, but the dismal metrics for the latest Emmys cannot be understated. Sunday’s show pulled in about one third less viewers than the 2018 Emmys that aired on NBC, and though TV critics were largely split on the overall quality of Sunday’s festivities—the general consensus was the
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