The Emmys 2022 hit an all-time LOW record with 25% drop in viewers from last year
It is a whole new low for Emmys and in stark contrast to the 2021 show, which marked a reversal in the Emmys’ steady decline in audience size
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Award shows are always fun to watch as you get to see all your celebrities under one roof and Emmys is known to be TV's biggest night but however this time it turns out the TV's biggest night has some really sad news for it as the viewership dropped 25% from last year! Quite shocking, isn't it? But the rapid changes and diversity in today's Television are what have created this challenge for the Emmy producers.
Starting from the renowned MET Gala, Oscars, and now Emmys too has somehow "disappointed" the fans. Further, the Kenan Thompson-hosted 74th Emmy Awards had a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49, the lowest-ever key demo stat for the Emmys. Monday night's show attracted only 5.9 million total viewers compared with last year’s outing on CBS, which netted 7.9 million audiences! Let's not forget the stunt Jimmy Kimmel pulled during Quinta Brunson's speech.
It is a whole new low for Emmys and in stark contrast to the 2021 show, which marked a reversal in Emmys’ steady decline in audience size. Last year’s Emmys saw a 16% gain of viewership over 2020’s sad historic drop-off of 12% with 6.37 million viewers. As we know Kenan Thompson served as host for the event while the ceremony was produced through Done and Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment, and was directed by Hamish Hamilton. However, the show reached its highest viewership level in 2000 with a whopping 21.8 million viewers, and if we speak of recent times then back in 2018, the award show drew 10.2 million fans.
Another major thing was that this is the first year under a major realignment of the Primetime and Daytime Emmy Awards, where the two ceremonies' scopes will now revolve more around factors such as the themes, format, and style characteristics, instead of strictly dayparts, quite like a lite MET version.
Thompson started off the show alongside backup dancers, grooving to remixes of popular TV show theme songs, including those of the 90s show 'Friends,' 'Law & Order,' and the epic 'Game of Thrones'. This year’s top Emmy winners included HBO’s 'Succession' for drama, Apple TV+’s 'Ted Lasso' for comedy, and HBO’s 'The White Lotus' for anthology series. The No 1 network for the 2022 Emmys was HBO/HBO Max with 38 wins. Safe to say, even though Emmys night didn't roll out as the producers expected but it definitely was a big night for the heads of the HBO channel and the shows which won.
Fun fact, before Thompson was approached and he agreed, the producers reportedly approached Chris Rock and Dwayne Johnson to host the ceremony but had no success. NBC late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. Both past Emmys hosts were also reportedly uninterested in the role. Scherma initially indicated that a hostless ceremony was being considered, but the Television Academy quickly clarified that such an option was not being pursued.
The 2022 Emmys aired live from 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET until 8:03 pm PT/11:03 pm ET and was also available for live streaming on Peacock.