NBC’s Monday-night airing of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards drew 15.6 million total viewers and a 4.2 demo rating (per finals), down 13 percent from last year’s NFL-boosted telecast on CBS.
Compared to the most recent Emmycast to not have an NFL lead-in (ABC, 2012), NBC’s numbers were up 17 and 8 percent, scoring the event’s second-best audience in eight years and matching its second-best demo delivery in seven years.
Facing off against the Emmys….
* CBS’ Under the Dome delivered 6.6 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, down 10 percent and a tenth.
* Fox’s MasterChef (5.3 mil/2.0) shed some eyeballs but held steady in the demo, while Hotel Hell (3.9 mil/1.6) ticked up a tenth.
* ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise (4.6 mil/1.3) dipped 10 percent in audience but was steady in the demo, while Mistresses (3.2 mil/0.9) rose a tenth in the demo from last week’s series low.