The 2022 Emmys just set a disappointing record

Viewership at the Primetime Emmy Awards has continued to decline in recent years. The 2018, 2019 and 2020 ceremonies each saw descending ratings before the 2021 program saw a small increase in viewership. An uptick shouldn’t be, as the 2022 Emmys telecast suffered a double-digit drop from last year, watching just 5.9 million (via Deadline). This number does not mark the final tally for the show, as streaming numbers from Peacock and additional DVR ads have not yet been factored in. The ceremony normally takes place on a Sunday, but was moved to a Monday this year to avoid disrupting NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which was the case for the 2014 and 2018 awards on the same network.

The competition that year was significant as ABC’s Monday Night Football aired at the same time. But many viewers simply chose to watch the winners without feeling the need to watch a three-hour event. The Los Angeles Times summed up this freefall of the awards show perfectly: “Social media has also slacked off watching the awards show red carpet.” According to the Emmys website, the annual program currently has an eight-year deal with the four biggest broadcasters (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. The 2023 event will be broadcast on FOX. The 2022 Emmys just set a disappointing record

Charles Jones

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