September 19, 2016


Emmy Awards Hit All-Time Ratings Low

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards may have crowned Game of Thrones as its best drama on Sunday night, but the ABC telecast certainly didn’t emulate its blockbuster ratings.

According to Deadline, the three-hour awards show scored 11.3 million viewers with a 2.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic—both of which are all-time lows. That’s a 5 percent ratings drop from the 2015 ceremony, itself an all-time low.

Part of the blame can be cast at the network competition: NBC’s Sunday Night Football netted 23 million viewers, while the CBS special The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey also scored 7 million. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Emmys for a second time, taking over from Andy Samberg last year.

Along with Thrones in the drama category, Veep won another best comedy trophy. Listen to a full breakdown of the Game of Thrones finale on the Back of the Class podcast below: