Praise, wee — CBS’ broadcast of the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards delivered all-time lows.
The Stephen Colbert-hosted ceremony drew 11.38 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating (per finals), matching last year’s all-time smallest audience while slipping 11 percent in the demo to a new low.
Sunday night’s telecast showed much love to Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (the first streaming series to be named best drama) and HBO’s Big Little Lies, while Colbert’s opening number/monologue earned an average grade of “B+” from TVLine readers. Network-by-network, HBO netted 29 total Emmys, followed by Netflix (20), NBC (15), Hulu (10) and ABC (7). Emmys host CBS picked up four, all at the previous weekend’s Creative Arts ceremony.
Providing stiff competition for TV’s starriest night, NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Packers/Falcons match-up drew 20.2 million total viewers and a 7.1 rating, down 17 and 22 percent from last week.
Over on Fox, The Orville with its second and final Sunday showcase did 6.6 mil and a 2.2 in finals, down 23 and 29 percent from its solid launch; next stop, Thursdays at 9! ABC’s Funderdome (3 mil/0.6) and Pyramid (2.9 mil/0.5) slipped to season lows.