The 2022 Emmys hit a record low with a 25% drop in viewership from the previous year

“Television’s Biggest Night” of 2022 was the smallest in history.

Monday’s 74th Emmy Awards, hosted by Kenan Thompson, drew just 5.9 million viewers to NBC — a 25% drop in viewership from last year’s awards on CBS, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

Additionally, this year’s Emmys had a 1.0 rating among adults ages 18 to 49 — the lowest score they have ever received from a core audience.

In contrast, the 2021 Emmys saw a 16% increase in viewership, compared to 6.37 million viewers in 2020.

With the advent of streaming apps, the variety of television on offer today poses a challenge for Emmy producers who are now unable to find a more cohesive audience. Most recently, in 2018, it cracked a double-digit million figure and attracted 10.2 million fans.

The show peaked in 2000 with a whopping 21.8 million viewers.

Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph wowed the Emmys audience with a solo.
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Highlights of this year’s show included Abbott Elementary actress Sheryl Lee Ralph singing Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species” during her acceptance speech, and White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge’s messy but brand-loyal speech that was cut too short .

HBO’s “The White Lotus” cast and crew won all five categories for which they were nominated, but the network’s other standouts, “Succession” and “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, each won the night’s top categories for Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series

Thompson opened the show with backup dancers and grooved to remixes of popular TV show theme songs, including those from Friends, Law & Order and Game of Thrones.

Zendaya received the top honor for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria.
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The “SNL” comic later deemed storied Emmy-winner Zendaya “too old” to date Leonardo DiCaprio, later slamming “Succession” for a lack of diversity during its traditional monologue.

His Good Burger co-star Kel Mitchell appeared briefly at the ceremony’s bar alongside Jason Sudeikis and Kumail Nanjiani – to the delight of the few, nostalgic millennial viewers.

The full list of winners of the 2022 Emmy Awards can be found here.

With postal wires. The 2022 Emmys hit a record low with a 25% drop in viewership from the previous year

Emma Bowman

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