The Emmy Awards audience up 16% but remains at half mast

LOS ANGELES | The audience for the Emmy Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for American television, has recovered from the lowest level recorded last year, with 7.4 million viewers in front of their station this Sunday, but remains all the same at half mast.

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Even with a reduced gauge, the return of Hollywood stars to the red carpet allowed the evening to do better than the 100% virtual edition organized last year. The audience increased by 16% compared to the dismal figures of 2020, according to data communicated by the channel CBS.

“All in all, it’s a great night for television and a great way to kick off a new season” for television series, the broadcaster said in a statement.

The Sunday night audience is still the third worst performance in the history of the Emmy Awards, which still attracted more than 10 million viewers in 2018.

“The Crown”, “Le Jeu de la dame” and “Ted Lasso” took the majority of the prizes in the most prestigious categories, signing the first big victory of Netflix and Apple TV + in the competition and the domination of video platforms on demand on traditional broadcasters.

The only trophy received by one of the four big American chains went to NBC for the indestructible “Saturday Night Life”, while CBS left empty-handed.

“It’s like broadcasting your own funeral,” quipped the specialized site The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, saying that the era of cable had finished passing the baton to the era of streaming.

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