In case there were any lingering doubts that audiences are evermore finding themselves fed up with Hollywood – whether it be for their poor quality products, consistent focus on virtue signaling over entertainment, or derision of their audiences – the Emmys have have hit a new record low in viewership, with this year’s ceremony pulling in a pitiable total audience even compared to the event’s 2020 ratings disaster.

Source: Writing for a Comedy Series: 74th Emmy Awards, Television Academy YouTube

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As per Nielsen data reviewed by Variety, the Kenan Thompson-hosted edition of the annual awards show netted a total viewership of only 5.9 Million viewers, settling at personal low for the event of just a 1.0 rating among the Adult 18-49 demographic.

Source, Opening Performance: 74th Emmy Awards, Television Academy YouTube

Among the night’s winners were Jean Smart, who netted the award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in HBO’s Hacks, Jerrod Carmichael for his eponymous HBO “comedy” special Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel, which landed him the award for Outsanding Writing for a Variety Special, and Amazon and Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, a reality show which scored the award for Best Competition Program.

Source: Competition Program: 74th Emmy Awards, Television Academy

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With these abysmal numbers, the 74th Emmys took home an award of their own, beating out the academy’s 2020 show, which previously held the accolade with 6.37 Million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the same demo, for the title of ‘Lowest Ratings In Show History’.

Notably, this ratings cratering came even after the Emmys were able to recoup some viewership in 2021, with that year’s outing having offering what has since turned out to be false hope in the form of a slight 16% rise in viewership to a total of 7.9 Million viewers and a 1.9 rating in its key demo.

Source: Zendaya Wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series | 74th Emmy Awards, Television Academy YouTube

Unfortunately for the Academy, this cannot be chalked up to a low Monday night audience pool, as the first Monday Night Football game of the 2022-23 season conversely dominated the airwaves.

The third-most-watched MNF game since 2009 and the fourth-most-viewed regular season game since the league began broadcasting on ESPN in 2005, Russel Wilson’s losing debut as the Denver Broncos QB against his former Seattle Seahawks teammates ultimately drew in 19.9 Million viewers – a staggering 236% more than the Emmys.

Source: Russell Wilson Mic’d Up vs. the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos YouTube

Ultimately, it seems that the real winner of Monday night was anyone who didn’t tune in to “TV’s biggest night”.

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