Emmys ratings lowest in telecast history
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.
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.