TV Ratings: Emmys Audience Rises 16%, Ending 7-Year Slide

Viewership for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards rose 16 percent from last year’s comparable numbers, ending seven straight years of decline.

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Sunday night’s telecast on CBS drew 7.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen time adjusted fast affiliate ratings.

Last year’s virtual Emmy ceremony, which was hosted for ABC by Jimmy Kimmel (and aired opposite both Sunday Night Football and the NBA Finals), delivered 6.4 million viewers (an all-time low in audience) and a 1.3 demo rating, per Nielsen finals.

TVLine readers gave CBS’ Sunday telecast (as well as host Cedric the Entertainer’s opening monologue) an average grade of “C.”

Opposite the Emmys:

NBC | Sunday Night Football drew 16.1 million viewers, up 10 percent from last week’s prelim numbers, and a 4.8 rating.

FOX |  With its season finale, Fantasy Island (1.6 mil/0.3, read recap) was up from its previous Tuesday airing, yet down week-to-week.

ABC | Celeb Family Feud (4 mil/0.5) was steady, while The Chase (3.1 mil/0.3) and To Tell the Truth (2.3 mil/0.2) both slipped.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!

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