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TV Ratings: Emmy Awards Sink 33% to Record Low

Sunday night’s hostless Emmys on Fox were likely hoping to emulate the Oscars ratings success in cutting out an emcee.

However, according to Nielsen figures, the 2019 have gone the way of seemingly all awards shows and plummeted to an all-time low.

’s broadcast averaged a 1.6 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and was watched by a total of 6.9 million viewers, a historic low for the awards show in both metrics. That also represents a 33% rating decline on last year’s Monday night show on NBC and roughly the same on the 2017 ceremony which also aired on a Sunday night on CBS. For comparison, the previous four ceremonies were watched by 10.2 million viewers, 11.4 million viewers (in both 2017 and 2016) and 11.9 million viewers. 6.9 million total viewers is roughly one third of the total pairs of eyeballs the Emmys drew as recently as 2013.

Some of the big winners on Sunday night included “Game of Thrones,” which carried home the final award of the night for best Drama Series, and “Fleabag,” which nearly swept all of the comedy categories on its way to a surprisingly stellar night.

The show was up against formidable competition in “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. The Peacock aired a highly anticipated match up between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns, likely contributing in some part to the poor Emmy figures. The Rams-Browns matchup topped the night in metered-market households with a 12.8 rating and a 23 share.

A dancer in a Meryl Streep mask performs during the Emmys. Why? Who knows. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Fox’s broadcast of the 71st Annual Emmy Awards didn’t have a host, and it also didn’t have many viewers: Per Nielsen, Sunday’s ceremony drew just 6.9 million viewers, by far the least-watched Emmys ever. Most industry insiders had expected ratings to decline, if only because that has been the trend in recent years. But viewership of Sunday’s Fleabag-flavored telecast declined by about 30 percent versus 2018’s show (10.2 million viewers on NBC), a steep enough drop that’s hard to write off to Fox’s slightly smaller footprint than NBC’s or to the fact that this year’s show had to compete against Sunday Night Football rather than the less popular Monday Night Football on ESPN. This was a flat-out rejection of the Emmys.

As bad as the overall ratings were, the number among Fox’s demo target of adults under 50 was even worse. Sunday’s host-free event managed to pull a mere 1.6 rating, fully one-third below last year’s 2.4 rating. Critics have been pretty vicious toward this year’s Emmys, but it would be a mistake to attribute all (or even most of) the ratings decline to the show’s quality. Based on early big-city numbers, there’s no indication that ratings for the show fell dramatically from start to finish, so the viewers who didn’t watch didn’t know whether the show was bad (or good).

It’s hard not to speculate that this rejection was partially driven by the lack of a host: Fox’s marketing team had no big comedy name to hype as a reason for folks to tune in. The TV Academy and Fox execs seemed to think the Oscars going host free — and doing just fine in the ratings — meant the Emmys could do the same without any harm. But even if some of us would argue that TV right now is just as good (or better!) than the movies, the Oscar race, with its completely new crop of participants each year and much bigger stakes, is itself an event. Finding out whether Fleabag can beat Veep for comedy? Very few people care (though clearly they should because both are excellent).

This isn’t to suggest that Fox and the Academy could’ve miraculously defied the long-term trend that just about everything on linear TV is drawing a smaller audience and that awards shows in particular aren’t the same attraction they were in an age when celebrities didn’t hang out on Twitter and Instagram all day. But consider: This year’s Emmys drew fewer viewers than the completely made up Billboard Music Awards, which attracted 8 million viewers on NBC last May. Among adults under 50, the 2019 Emmys had a smaller rating than last fall’s American Music Awards (1.8 rating) on ABC. Neither of those shows is known for regularly beating the Emmys in any sort of ratings race, yet this year both did — even though they too suffered notable year-to-year erosion.

Music and movie awards are obviously different beasts than a TV awards show, and music shows in particular benefit from live performances in a way the Emmys can’t. But by ditching a host and making so much of the show feel cheap — there was no live orchestra, the clip packages were short and uninspired — Fox did the very least to create a promotable event. Plus, in part because the TV Academy insists on airing way too many categories during the televised show (do we really need Best Director of a Variety Show in prime time?), there’s little space for moments that could be hyped in advance. Sunday night was the 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere, while this month also marks a quarter-century since ER bowed and 15 years since the first episodes of Lost and Desperate Housewives. A tribute to any or all of those shows might have been something folks tuned in to see. Similarly, why not recruit big-name singers or bands to salute some of the shows that signed off this season? Maybe get Slash and some rockers together to cover the Game of Thrones theme or have the Dave Matthews Band team up with Barenaked Ladies on the theme to The Big Bang Theory. Would any of these have turned the Emmys into must-see TV? Probably not. But they might have stanched the ratings collapse.

The reason none of this happens, however, is that the show has neither a single network home nor a regular production company invested in spending the resources to keep it relevant. The Emmys are shared among the four broadcast networks, rotating every four years among ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. As a result, there’s no incentive for any network to splurge on a big-name host, an extra-fancy set, or eye-popping production numbers. There’s also little reason to devote much time (or money) advertising the Emmys in advance, especially at a time of year when networks such as Fox are focused on promoting their own new weekly series. If anything, because networks have to pay the full cost of producing each year’s show, there’s a financial reason to spend less in order to minimize potential losses.

By contrast, the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Oscars are tentpoles for their respective networks, long-term investments that pay off via extra ad dollars and as part of a bigger portfolio of annual events. In some cases, such as the Billboard Music Awards and the Golden Globes, they’re owned by an outside company like Dick Clark Productions, which can make long-term plans to boost ratings (and thus the license fees it charges networks). The poor Emmys simply hop from one foster home to the next, hoping each year’s parent will do more than the bare minimum. And in recent years, those foster parents have good reason to be grouchy: Broadcast networks barely get nominated for Emmys these days and are virtually invisible on the prime-time show. Last night, not a single prime-time broadcast show won an award. (NBC’s late-night vet SNL took home two.)

At this point, the best-case scenario would be for a streaming platform to adopt the Emmys and help it thrive. To ensure access, the streamer could make itself available for free for a day or strike a deal to simulcast the show on a broadcast network for a modest fee. Unfortunately, these scenarios are nothing more than wishful thinking, at least for a while. This year marked the first of a new eight-year agreement between the TV Academy and the four biggest broadcast networks, meaning the show will continue rotating among the networks through 2026. Next year’s temporary Emmy custodian: ABC. Maybe Jimmy Kimmel can figure out how to fix things?

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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UPDATED, 11:11 AM: The early metrics were not good for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards and the final numbers are another bludgeoning for TV’s biggest night and Fox, this year’s broadcaster.

Watched by 6.9 million viewers from 8 PM to just after 11 PM ET, the hostless ceremony pulled in the smallest audience for any Emmys ever. That smackdown is a 32% fall in sets of overall eyeballs from the Monday airing of the show on NBC last year, and a 39% drop from the show’s previous Sunday airing on CBS in 2017. In addition, the decline this year from the last time Fox had the Emmys in 2015 is a hard-to-swallow 42%.

In terms of the key demo of adults 18-49 …well, they’ve tuned out it seems, even with big wins by the much-watched Game of Thrones for its final season. Pulling in a 1.6 rating among the 18-49s, the metric was also an Emmy low.

Forget the Monday broadcast of 2018, but Sunday to Sunday, last night’s Television Academy-led show toppled 36% from 2017 and 56% from the Andy Samberg-hosted night in 2015.

Even with strong social media engagement Sunday, the only word that’s printable this morning is Ouch!

PREVIOUSLY, 5:48 AM: The big winners last night were Games of Thrones, Fleabag and its creator-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Chernobyl, Pose’s Billy Porter, Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and the Los Angeles Rams.

Not so much the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox.

Back on a Sunday and hence up against the Rams-Cleveland Browns matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, TV’s biggest night had its worst night ever. The 5.7/10 in metered market results for the Emmys is the lowest rating the annual ceremony has achieved in early metrics — coming off successive years of new lows in an age of endangered awards shows.

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Unlike the rare ratings rise that the hostless Oscars pulled off this year, the host-free Emmys is down 23% from last year’s Monday evening ceremony – a night that also saw HBO’s GoT take the big Drama prize.

Compared to the last time the TV Academy show was on a Sunday, last night’s Emmys took a hit of just over 30% in metered market ratings from that September 17, 2017 shindig on CBS. That once included a much-criticized appearance by ex-White House Press Secretary and now-Dancing with the Stars contestant Sean Spicer.

Adding to the injury, the 2019 Emmys on Fox fell 34.5% in the first round of ratings from the last time the Emmys were on the Murdoch-owned net back in 2015 with Andy Samberg hosting.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards ended up with a then-low of 10.172 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. The Stephen Colbert-hosted Sunday broadcast 69th Primetime Emmy Awards matched the previous year’s then-all-time low of 11.38 million tuning in and what was then a demo-low a 2.5 rating.

A little bit more perspective on where last night’s Emmys could end up in total audience, and the 18-49 demo might be polished with the 11.9 million sets of eyeballs and 3.6 rating that the ceremony garnered on Fox back in that distant era of 2015.

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As for that sometimes dragging NFL battle last night over on Comcast-owned NBC, the Rams’ 20-13 victory over the hyped but seemingly hapless Browns scored a primetime-winning 12.8/23 in metered market ratings.

Or put another way, last night’s Emmy-facing SNF with Super Bowl losers the Rams was up 5% in the early numbers over the Week 2 game, when the Atlanta Falcons beat the Philadelphia Eagles. Throwing back to the third week of SNF for last season, last night’s game in the Ohio city dipped just under 6% from when the the non-Emmys-facing Detroit Lions beat the New England Patriots 26-10 on September 23, 2018.

We’ll update with more Emmy ratings and Sunday Night Football results, as well as Big Brother on CBS and more later. For now here are Sunday’s preliminary ratings:

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards delivered an all-time low in the ratings, marking a sixth straight year of decline for TV’s biggest night.

Per Nielsen fast finals, Fox’s Sunday-night telecast drew 6.9 million total viewers along with a 1.6 demo rating, down 33 percent from last year (when NBC hosted the ceremony on a Monday). Compared to the Emmys’ most recent Sunday outing (2017 on CBS, and facing Sunday Night Football), the numbers were down 39 and 35 percent.

Game of Thrones was this year’s big winner, taking home a record-tying 12 trophies, followed by HBO’s Chernobyl (with 10 wins), Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (eight) and Amazon’s Fleabag (six, four of which came in major categories including Best Comedy and lead comedy actress).

In fact, cable and streaming programs accounted for 86 percent of this year’s Emmys, leaving broadcast-TV to claim the remaining 14 percent, or 18 out of 132. (In 2018, the Big 5 grabbed 18 percent of the golden pie.) NBC led this year’s pack with seven total wins (five of which went to Saturday Night Live), followed by Fox and CBS (four each), The CW’s two and ABC’s one (Live in Front of a Studio Audience won Variety Special).

Elsewhere on Sunday:

NBC | Sunday Night Football (16.3 mil/5.4) is up a tick from last week’s fast nationals.

CBS | Pending adjustment due to NFL overrun, Big Brother (5.8 mil/1.3) is up week-to-week.

NEXT SUNDAY: 60 Minutes, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bob’s Burgers, Capt. Holt’s beloved Durrells in Corfu, Family Guy, God Friended Me, NCIS: Los Angeles, Poldark, Robot Chicken, The Rookie, Shark Tank and The Simpsons return, plus the series premieres of Bless the Harts and Godfather of Harlem.

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Emmys Ratings Fall to an Outrageously Bad All-Time Low

On a recent Tuesday in September, more than 9.4 million people watched an episode of America’s Got Talent on NBC. Which is maybe all the context needed to explain how poorly Sunday’s 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards performed with viewers. According to data released by Nielsen, the 2019 Emmys drew 6.9 million viewers to Fox, making it the least-watched ceremony in the history of “television’s biggest night.”

Even worse data: This year’s Emmys, which eschewed having a host and seemingly abandoned the drive to create a compelling broadcast in the process, dropped 32 percent from the 2018 Emmys, which aired on a Monday night and stood as the worst-rated broadcast in Emmys history until now. The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards also dipped 39 percent from the 2017 Emmys, which broadcast on a Sunday.

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The Emmys ceremony was such a lost cause that not even celebrating the final season of Game of Thrones was able to help the show retain some level of respectability. Perhaps that has something to do with the Emmys itself: Game of Thrones won best drama, best supporting actor (for Peter Dinklage), and 10 other awards — putting the final season of Thrones just one award away from breaking the HBO show’s own record for most Emmy wins by a series in a single season. Yet because 10 of Game of Thrones’ 12 Emmys came during the separate Creative Arts Emmys ceremony two weeks ago, the popular franchise felt absent from the ceremony for long stretches — and not even an awkward cast reunion was able to make up for that fact. By contrast, it felt like Amazon’s critically acclaimed Fleabag won everything — all told, the show won four awards during the broadcast, double the amount given to Thrones. Which was a great result for the Phoebe Waller-Bridge hive that dominated the online discussion around the Emmys (we — and I can’t stress this enough — stan), but maybe less so for viewers of Fox, where the dominant shows are The Masked Singer and Family Guy.

Or is there something more corrosive happening with the faltering Emmys ratings? Almost every major awards show has weathered a crisis of ratings over the last five years — with numbers a fraction of what they were in the halcyon days of the past. But the Emmys feel particularly irrelevant because of the confusion at its core: too many categories (so many, in fact, that there are two Emmys ceremonies before the big show), too many nominees (some categories had up to eight contenders, and many had more than the traditional five), and a restrictive calendar that forces shows to fit into an eligibility window that doesn’t line up with the full year (this edition’s eligibility window went from June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019). That third complaint is perhaps the most pressing issue: On Sunday night, GLOWstar Betty Gilpin — who lost in the supporting actress category to Alex Borstein from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — was nominated for Season 2 and not her indelible, almost revolutionary work in Season 3. Similarly, Succession, which is in the middle of its lauded second season, was nominated for its first season — which left its cast, all of whom have arguably leveled up this year, without a single nod.

Not that there’s an easy fix for this — short of blowing it up and starting from scratch. But maybe the Television Academy will get the chance. If the Emmys ratings continue to fall at this pace, the 2022 ceremony will have roughly zero viewers.

The cast and crew of Game of Thrones accept the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy Award during the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Amy Sussman, WireImage / Getty Images

2019 Emmy Awards: How To Watch the 71st Primetime Emmys

It’s happening. With final-round Emmy voting coming to a close on Aug. 29, the time has come to bid adieu to the 2018-19 television season. And what better way to celebrate than to recognize TV’s elite in 124 categories, with awards ceremonies spanning three separate nights?

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Sept. 22 and — like February’s Oscars before them — are forgoing a host for just the fourth time in the event’s history. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Cable subscribers should be able to stream the broadcast on Fox.com or the FOX NOW app. Live television streaming services that carry Fox can also be used to live stream the Emmys, including DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.

The TV Academy is also offering viewers an opportunity to see exclusive, behind-the-scenes Emmys coverage during the ceremony on its “Backstage LIVE!” page.

But before primetime takes center stage, however, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will have a weekend to itself, with ceremonies on two consecutive nights, Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday Sept. 15. Presenters will include Jeff Goldblum (“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”), Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”), Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”), Ryan O’Connell (“Special”) and many more, including a reunion of the cast of “In Living Color.”

All three ceremonies will be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with FXX broadcasting the Creative Arts awards on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

This year’s Primetime Emmy nominees are led by HBO’s “Game of Thrones” which earned a record-breaking 32 nominations for its eighth and final season. The sprawling fantasy series is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series against AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Netflix’s “Bodyguard” and “Ozark,” BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” FX’s “Pose,” HBO’s “Succession,” and NBC’s “This Is Us.” Predicted acting winners include Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Bill Hader (“Barry”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), and Billy Porter (“Pose”).

But watch the Emmys yourself, or risk missing the upsets, speeches, and other highlights from TV’s biggest night.

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Emmy Awards 2019: The Winners List

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The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, TV’s highest honors, saw some of the Television Academy’s old favorites pitted against newer critical darlings and legacy prestige networks battle it out against streaming services.

The widely acclaimed Fleabag managed to break Veep’s comedy winning streak with four awards, while Game of Thrones maintained its dominance as Best Drama, beating out freshmen series like Pose and Succession. That win, and others for the series, helped HBO regain its title of the most wins—a prize it shared with Netflix last year—with nine for the night and 34 across the creative arts and primetime ceremonies.

The Primetime Emmy Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater on Fox. Below is a full winners list (winners in bold).

The Complete Winners List

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Stephen Root, Barry
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Sian Clifford, Fleabag
  • Olivia Coleman, Fleabag
  • Betty Gilpin, Glow
  • Sarah Goldberg, Barry
  • Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Writing for a Comedy Series

Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Fleabag, “Episode 1,” Prime Video (Harry Bradbeer)
  • Barry, “The Audition,” HBO Alec Berg)
  • Barry, “ronny/lily,” HBO (Alec Berg)
  • The Big Bang Theory, “Stockholm Syndrome,” CBS (Mark Cendrowski)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “We’re Going to the Catskills!” Prime Video (Dan Palladino)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “All Alone,” Prime Video (Amy Sherman-Palladino)

Comedy Actor

  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Ted Danson, The Good Place

Comedy Actress

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Competition Program

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
  • Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

  • Chernobyl, HBO (Johan Renck)
  • A Very English Scandal, Prime Video (Stephen Frears)
  • Escape at Dannemora, Showtime (Ben Stiller)
  • Fosse/Verdon, “Glory,” FX Networks (Jessica Yu)
  • Fosse/Version, “Who’s Got the Pain,” FX Networks (Thomas Kail)
  • When They See Us, Netflix, Ava DuVernay

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Asante Blackk, When They See Us
  • Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
  • John Leguizamo, When They See Us
  • Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
  • Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

  • Chernobyl, HBO (Craig Mazin)
  • A Very English Scandal, Prime Video (Russell T. Davies)
  • Escape at Dannemora, “Episode 6,” Showtime (Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin)
  • Fosse/Verdon, “Providence,” FX Networks (Steven Levenson, Joel Fields)
  • When They See Us,” “Part Four,” Netflix (Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
  • Mahershala Ali, True Detective
  • Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Television Movie

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War
  • Deadwood: The Movie
  • My Dinner With Herve
  • King Lear

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Limited Series

  • Chernobyl
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • Sharp Objects
  • When They See Us

Writing for a Variety Series

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Documentary Now
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live

Variety Sketch Series

  • Saturday Night Live
  • At Home With Amy Sedaris
  • Documentary Now!
  • Drunk History
  • I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
  • Who Is America?

Directing for a Variety Series

  • Saturday Night Live, “Host: Adam Sandler,” NBC (Don Roy King)
  • Documentary Now!, “Waiting for the Artist,” IFC (Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas)
  • Drunk History, “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?” Comedy Central (Derek Waters)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, “Psychics,” HBO (Paul Pennolino)
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, “Live Midterm Election Show,” Jim Hoskinson
  • Who Is America?, “Episode 102,” Showtime (Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino, Dan Mazer)

Variety/Talk Series

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • The Late Late Show with James Cordon
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, Game of Thrones
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Writing for a Drama Series

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
  • Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Drama Actor

  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jason Batemen, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us

Directing for a Drama Series

  • Ozark, “Reparations,” Netflix (Jason Bateman)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne,” HBO (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks,” HBO (David Nutter)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” HBO (Miguel Sapochnik)
  • Killing Eve, “Desperate Times,” BBC America (Lisa Bruhlmann)

Drama Actress

  • Jodi Comer, Killing Eve
  • Emilia Clark, Game of Thrones
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Laura Lin, Ozark
  • Mandy Moore, This is Us
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Comedy Series

  • Fleabag
  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Russian Doll
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Veep

Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones
  • Better Call Saul
  • Bodyguard
  • Killing Eve
  • Ozark
  • Pose
  • Succession
  • This is Us


Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Gwendoline Christie, ‘‘Game of Thrones”; Julia Garner, ‘‘Ozark”; Lena Headey, ‘‘Game of Thrones”; Fiona Shaw, ‘‘Killing Eve”; Sophie Turner, ‘‘Game of Thrones”; Maisie Williams ‘‘Game of Thrones.’’


Limited Series: ‘‘Chernobyl”; ‘‘Escape at Dannemora”; ‘‘Fosse/Verdon”; ‘‘When They See Us”; ‘‘Sharp Objects.’’

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Stellan Skarsgard, ‘‘Chernobyl”; Paul Dano, ‘‘Escape at Dannemora”; Ben Whishaw, ‘‘A Very English Scandal”; Asante Blackk, ‘‘When They See Us”; John Leguizamo, ‘‘When They See Us”; Michael K. Williams, ‘‘When They See Us.’’

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Patricia Arquette, ‘‘The Act”; Marsha Stephanie Blake, ‘‘When They See Us”; Patricia Clarkson ‘‘Sharp Objects”; Vera Farmiga, ‘‘When They See Us”; Margaret Qualley, ‘‘Fosse/Verdon”; Emily Watson, ‘‘Chernobyl.’’

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Luke Kirby ‘‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Rufus Sewell, ‘‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Adam Sandler, ‘‘Saturday Night Live”; John Mulaney, ‘‘Saturday Night Live”; Matt Damon, ‘‘Saturday Night Live”; Robert De Niro, ‘‘Saturday Night Live”; Peter MacNicol, ‘‘Veep.’’

Guest Actor, Drama Series: Michael Angarano, ‘‘This Is Us”; Ron Cephas Jones, ‘‘This Is Us”; Michael McKean, ‘‘Better Call Saul”; Kumail Nanjiani ‘‘The Twilight Zone”; Glynn Turman, ‘‘How to Get Away With Murder”; Bradley Whitford, ‘‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’’


Guest Actress, Drama Series: Laverne Cox, ‘‘Orange Is the New Black”; Cherry Jones, ‘‘The Handmaid’s Tale”; Jessica Lange, ‘‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse”; Phylicia Rashad, ‘‘This Is Us”; Cicely Tyson, ‘‘How to Get Away With Murder”; Carice van Houten, ‘‘Game of Thrones.’’

Television Movie: ‘‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”; ‘‘Brexit”; ‘‘Deadwood”; ‘‘King Lear”; ‘‘My Dinner with Herve.’’

Variety Talk Series: ‘‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”; ‘‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”; ‘‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; ‘‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”; ‘‘The Late Late Show with James Corden”; ‘‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’’

Variety Sketch Series: ‘‘At Home with Amy Sedaris”; ‘‘Documentary Now!”; ‘‘Drunk History”; ‘‘I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman”; ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’’ ‘‘Who Is America?’’

Unstructured Reality Program: ‘‘Born This Way”; ‘‘Deadliest Catch”; ‘‘Life Below Zero”; ‘‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”; ‘‘Somebody Feed Phil”; ‘‘United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.’’