Ratings: Emmys Hit All-Time Audience Low; More Watched JonBenet Mini

Matt Webb Mitovich

ABC’s broadcast of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night drew 9.7 million total viewers and a 2.5 demo rating, down 18 and 30 percent from last year’s Fox telecast and marking the gala’s smallest TV audience ever.

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This year’s kudoscast went up against a slightly softer, though quite formidable, NBC Sunday Night Football match-up versus a year ago: Packers/Vikings did 20.5 mil and a 7.4, compared to Seahawks/Packers’ 23.1 mil/8.4. Over on CBS, Part 1 of the JonBenet Ramsey miniseries averaged 10.3 mil and a 2.1 (pending adjustment due to a delayed start).

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HBO and FX dominated the Emmys with 22 and 18 total wins apiece, whereas broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW combined for 21 total trophies, and only four during Sunday’s Big Show. Of note among the winners, Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history, Game of Thrones set a new record and Tatiana Maslany finally grabbed gold for playing a bazillion characters on Orphan Black.

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TVLine readers gave Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel an average grade of “B+.”

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