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Emmys ratings lowest in telecast history

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Viola Davis and Game of Thrones made history during the 67th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday night, but that didn’t stop the broadcast from being the least watched of all time. 

An estimated 11.9 million viewers tuned into Fox to see the Emmys on Sunday night, a drop of 24 percent from 2014, when 15.6 milllion people watched on NBC. (That ceremony aired on a Monday in August, and didn’t have to compete with the NFL; Sunday night’s broadcast was easily defeated by NBC’s Sunday Night Football game.) The 2015 broadcast represents the lowest total number of Emmy viewers ever, falling even below the previous worst-ever mark of 12.3 million in 2008.

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TV fans who did watch on Sunday, however, witnessed some historic moments: Davis become the first black woman to take home Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series — the most-tweeted moment of the night — and Thrones won a record 12 total awards (including eight at the Creative Arts Emmys), the biggest ever haul for a show in a single year.

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