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The Emmy Awards hit a new low in viewership Monday night, with its estimated audience of 5.9 million people, even smaller than the COVID-19-disrupted ceremony two years ago.

The Nielsen company said the ceremony honoring the best work of television, where “Ted Lasso” was named best comedy and “Succession” was named best drama, was down from 7.4 million people watching in 2021.


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Normally shown on Sunday nights, the Emmys were moved to Mondays to make way for NBC’s first “Sunday Night Football” game the night before. However, it could not survive football, as it competed against a tight “Monday Night Football” game.

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The Emmys were hosted by Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live”.

The previous low point for the Emmys, with 6.1 million people, came in 2020 with significantly fewer shows due to the pandemic.

While football had its influence, Emmy ratings have been on a steady slide as the show began to dominate cable and streaming services at the awards. With so many television programs on offer, there are few attracting large audiences that were regular in the days when broadcast television dominated.

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The last time the Emmys crossed 10 million viewers was in 2018, when it reached 10.2 million viewers. The Emmys had 21.8 million viewers in 2000, a level that may never be reached again.