Record-low viewership for Emmy Awards

Tanya Cunningham
September 19, 2018

But Amazon was not the streaming platform with the most wins this year - that honor goes to Netflix.

While last year's show was heavy on anti-Donald Trump commentary from the liberal Colbert-and featured a widely panned cameo by ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer-the 2018 Emmys hosted by Saturday Night Live's Michael Che and Colin Jost largely stayed away from explicit partisan politics.

Awards shows in general have faced big drops in audience.

Mrs. Maisel also won four other awards, including a best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.

Claire Foy beat Moss to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama "The Crown". The decline is tied in part to the rise of streaming and on-demand services that have led to less appointment television watching. Sure, there are still actors like Louis-Dreyfus who keep winning: she claimed her first three Emmys for Best Comedy Actress under the old voting system (2012-2014), but she won the next three even as voting was changing (2015-2017).


Che said it was great to celebrate with all of Hollywood, or at least, the people "who haven't gotten caught yet", and Jost later said that Netflix's huge number of nominations was the worst thing a network executive could hear, "Except maybe, 'Sir, Ronan Farrow is on Line 1'".

One of the biggest shocks came when presumed front-runner Glover lost the comedy acting category to Bill Hader's hitman-turned-struggling actor in HBO's (T.N) showbusiness satire "Barry". So thank you, Erica, for putting up with me.

And last year's "SNL" champs Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon were felled by Henry Winkler ("Barry") and Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel").

'I'm very temperamental and I love you very much'.

The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy victor ever with 71, won again for best variety sketch series.

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