Sunday night’s airing of the Emmy awards received their lowest ratings ever – a 1.2 rating in adults aged 18-49. Just 6.1 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast.
The number represents a drop of 12% from last year’s numbers which was the previous all-time low.
Last year’s broadcast had 6.9 million viewers. For comparison, the previous four ceremonies before last year had 10.2 million viewers, 11.4 million viewers (in both 2017 and 2016) and 11.9 million viewers.
The audience of 6.9 million viewers of last year’s show was roughly one third the size of the audience the Emmys drew as recently as 2013.
Variety insists competition from the NFL, the NBA and the fact there was no red carpet lead-in show played a part in the low ratings.