Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Emmy ratings drop to an all-time low with 6.1M viewers even though Jimmy Kimmel and a mini Friends reunion kept the virtual show interesting

 The Emmys Awards aired virtually on Sunday evening with no live audience in Los Angeles.

And though Jimmy Kimmel did his best to crank out some fun jokes and Jennifer Aniston even hosted a mini Friends reunion with Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow, the television audience was at an all-time low.

There were only 6.1million viewers, according to data released by Walt Disney Co's ABC on Monday.

A drop: The Emmys Awards aired virtually on Sunday evening with no live audience in Los Angeles. And though Jimmy Kimmel did his best to crank out some fun joke, the television audience was at an all-time low

That is a record low for the awards ceremony. A year ago, roughly 6.9million people watched the show on the Fox broadcast network.

Viewership for awards shows has been dropping for years, and this year's Emmys telecast faced several challenges.


The show was held without a red carpet or live audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And it faced competition from a close National Football League game and a National Basketball Association playoff contest.

'Friends' reunion at the 2020 Emmys crashed by Jason Bateman
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They served up laughs: Jennifer Aniston even hosted a mini Friends reunion with Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow

They served up laughs: Jennifer Aniston even hosted a mini Friends reunion with Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow

She hit the stage too: The blonde beauty also put out a fire on stage with Kimmel for a gag

She hit the stage too: The blonde beauty also put out a fire on stage with Kimmel for a gag

Hosted by Kimmel, the telecast featured live reactions from nominees in their homes and at other locations around the world. 

Schitt's Creek was the big winner of the night at the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards.

The cast celebrated in their native-Canada, where they held their own special socially-distanced Emmys party as they took home an impressive seven awards on the evening, sweeping the comedy category. 

It all culminated when the Pop TV sitcom took home Outstanding Comedy Series as it was the first time the comedy categories have been swept since Modern Family in 2014. It also made history by beating All in the Family, which won six of the top prizes back in 1978

Big win: Schitt's Creek swept the board with SEVEN Emmy Awards on Sunday night... as the cast, including Catherine O'Hara above, held their own socially-distanced party in Canada

Big win: Schitt's Creek swept the board with SEVEN Emmy Awards on Sunday night... as the cast, including Catherine O'Hara above, held their own socially-distanced party in Canada

The series beat out Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dead to Me ,The Good Place, Insecure, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and What We Do in the Shadows.

Creators and father-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy accepted the honor together as the son took time to urge viewers to vote.

Daniel said: 'Oh, boy. Our show at its core is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance. We need it now more than ever before. If you have not registered to vote, please do so, and then go out and vote.'

Eugene and Dan Levy embrace after 'Schitt's Creek' wins big
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Proud moment: Eugene Levy accepts his award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Proud moment: Eugene Levy accepts his award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

'That's the only way we need love and acceptance out there. Dad, do the rest of the fun stuff, sorry for making this political.'

His father then took the microphone to thank production and the networks involved in the show before focusing on his son.

Eugene ended his speech by saying: 'I also want to thank once again this young man, who took our fish out of water story about the rose family and transformed it into a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation of homophobia, and a declaration of the power of love. Thank you, Daniel. Thank you, academy, thank you.'

Catherine O'Hara wins big at the 2020 Emmys for Schitt's Creek
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The sitcoms big run began with Catherine O'Hara earned the very first awards of the night which was presented by Aniston and host Kimmel.

She faced stiff competition in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category including Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me), Issa Rae (Insecure), and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish).

Catherine said: 'Thank you for nominating me, and for topping off this fun evening with a trophy treat. I'll forever be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for giving me the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age, my age, who gets to be fully her ridiculous self.

Bittersweet farewell: Their beloved sitcom, which aired its sixth and final season earlier this year, racked up this year with 13 nominations, winning nine, including Outstanding Comedy Series

Bittersweet farewell: Their beloved sitcom, which aired its sixth and final season earlier this year, racked up this year with 13 nominations, winning nine, including Outstanding Comedy Series

Euphoria's Zendaya make history to become the youngest thespian to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, HBO show Succession scoop the Outstanding Drama Series prize, while Schitt's Creek sweep the board across the comedy categories on Sunday evening.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the no-audience event was presented by Jimmy Kimmel - who branded the awards the 'Pand-Emmys' at Los Angeles' empty Staples Center, while winners accepted their awards over video call from their homes around the world for the first time to adhere to California's social distancing rules. 

At just 24, the screen star - full name Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman - beat out a very impressive field of actresses including: Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Laura Linney (Ozark), and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve). 

Young and successful: Euphoria's Zendaya make history to become the youngest thespian to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Young and successful: Euphoria's Zendaya make history to become the youngest thespian to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The top honour of the night went to Succession as the series earned Outstanding Drama Series at the end of the night.

The HBO series beat out heavy competition including: Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Ozark, and Stranger Things. 

Show creator Jesse Armstrong accepted the award from his hotel room in London as he called out US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a list of 'Un-thank yous.'

The 48-year-old British author, screenwriter and producer said: 'I'd like to do a couple of un-thank yous. Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us apart. 

'Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Un-thank you to Boris Johnson for the same thing in our country. Un-thank you to the nationalists and quasi-nationalists. So, un-thank you.'

Earlier in the night, Succession earned another big win as Jeremy Strong took home Lead Actor in Drama Series for his role as Kendall Roy on the program.

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