Final Ratings: Emmys Score a Seven-Year High

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Emmys Ratings 2013Despite coming across at times as “the world’s weirdest funeral” (as one TVLine reader put it), this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast looked lively in the ratings.

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Based on fast-ordered Nielsen finals, the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted affair averaged (update) 17.6 million total viewers and a 4.9 rating — the kudoscast’s largest audience since 2005 (host Ellen DeGeneres, CBS) and its best demo delivery since 2006 (Conan O’Brien, NBC).

That said, after leading out of a robust NFL game, the Emmys’ audience dipped each half hour throughout the night.

Versus the final numbers for last year’s Emmys (hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, on ABC), Sunday’s telecast was up 32 and 26 percent.

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Final Nielsen numbers for other recent Emmycasts:
* 2011, Jane Lynch host (Fox): 12.4 mil, 4.2 rating
* 2010, Jimmy Fallon host (NBC): 13.5 mil, 4.1 rating
* 2009, Neil Patrick Harris host (CBS): 13.3 mil, 4.2 rating
* 2008, That Reality Show Hosts Mess (ABC): 12.2 mil, 3.8 rating (aka all-time lows)

Winning the night, NBC’s coverage of the Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers game topped the Emmys by 12 percent.

Comments (12)

  • I’m surprised considering Dexter finale and Breaking Bad penultimate episodes were last night. I’m wondering are these numbers are even throughout the night?

    Comment by Amanda – September 23, 2013 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My guess those were DVR’d to be watched later.

      Comment by PB – September 23, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t even know what to do with these numbers, ’cause that show bit the big one, despite the glory that is NPH.

      Comment by Annie – September 23, 2013 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting, seeing as the show itself fell flat and was pretty boring (the best parts being the good surprise winners: Merritt, Tony, Breaking Bad! and Tina/Amy).

    NPH and the Tony Awards are always so fun and entertaining, this just didn’t live up to what I thought it would/could be.

    Comment by Julz – September 23, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Think it goes to show twitter is really some secret corner of the internet. And there really is still a disconnect between twitter/internet and what the rest of the world sees

    Comment by Colleen – September 23, 2013 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Those dedicated CBS viewers never turn the channel.

    Comment by Tricia – September 23, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly. Because even with the very loud criticism all over the brass at CBS will look at these numbers and consider the show a success. So we will get the same type of show next year. Wonder what the demo was by the half hour before and after Corey’s segment.

      Comment by PB – September 23, 2013 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They were trying to figure out if NPH was the killer.

      Comment by Jo – September 23, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jimmy Fallon was by far the best and most entertaining host that I can remember.

    Comment by james – September 23, 2013 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I couldn’t agree with you more! He was actually funny!

      Comment by Mr. White – September 23, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fallon was the best. His opening musical number was amazing! This years show was awful. So boring and filled with time wasters that had nothing to do with celebrating the winners and television. They should have cut the middle musical number, Elton John, Carrie Underwood and the stupid NPH bit about being addicted to hosting and actually left time for the winners to speak. They need to get Fallon and Fey to host!

    Comment by Melissa – September 23, 2013 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The “previous hosts” sketch went on way too long (though the Kevin Spacey segment was brilliant). Though I love to go to musicals, I’m not a big fan of songs and dancing on awards shows. I’d much rather see clips of the nominees. I use the singing and dancing as times to get a drink, visit the ladies room or do my dishes.

    The Memoriam section was an epic, disrespectful fail.

    Amy and Tina were hilarious. Best of the night. Funny. Didn’t go on too long. And NPH is definitely a great host, but I’d really like to skip the dancing. The only exception for me would be Billy Crystal singing and dancing to his hilarious introductions at the Oscars. Well done. Relevant. Funny. And not. too. long.

    Overall a B

    Comment by Marie – September 23, 2013 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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