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The 2019 Emmy Ratings Sank to a New Record Low

Katie Bourque
The 2019 Emmy Ratings Sank to a New Record Low
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From Good Housekeeping

Ironically, as streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon prime take home big prizes, the Emmys struggle to maintain viewers for the live cable telecast. Emmys ratings have been slowly declining for years, which explains why the show has made some big changes this year to try to increase viewership.

Following the lead of last year's Oscars, the Emmys shunned tradition and chose not to have a host this year. The decision to go hostless comes a year after the 2018 Emmy Awards, the least-watched Emmys in history. With only 10.21 million viewers, the numbers were down almost 10% from only the year before. Except for an uptick in 2017, the Emmy's ratings have slowly been decreasing every year.

Hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live did not exactly do the broadcast any favors. In an interview with the LA Times before the 2018 Emmys, Jost described awards shows as, "way too self-serious and focused on things that 99% of the country doesn’t care about."

The night wasn't a total snooze though. It was a big year for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which brought home five trophies in top categories. There were some amazing red carpet fashion moments. Plus, there was that unforgettable surprise proposal that happened live on stage too.

So, did the Emmys ratings go up in 2019?

Sadly, the Emmys didn't have a hot night this year, either. Even though the Oscars were able to see a ratings rise when they went hostless, the Emmys still delivered all-time low numbers on Sunday night.

According to Deadline, the show scored a 5.7/10 and was down 23% from last year's ceremony (exact viewership numbers are expected to be released later today). If we had to guess, part of the drop came from the fact that the Emmys were up against Sunday Night Football on NBC, which got a 12.8 rating.

Despite the not-so-great numbers, we sure enjoyed seeing all the gorgeous red carpet looks from the celeb-packed evening.

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