People Don’t Care About Hollywood Awards Shows And The Emmys Prove It

By Britta DeVore | Published


Celebrities may have turned out in droves to cheer each other on at the Emmys on Monday night but the regular people at home weren’t as keen to see who won which awards.

Terrible Ratings


Just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse than the 2022 broadcast, it did, with Nielsen clocking more than a 1 million dip in viewership.

The last engagement clocked 5.9 million viewers, which was already a record-breaking low for the event with this year’s 4.3 million viewers marking an abysmal night in award show history.

Facing An Uphill Climb


While these numbers are just the first count from Nielsen’s fast national figures, there isn’t a high chance that they’ll improve in the ways needed to bring the Emmys out of such a devastating slump.

The show had a lot of competition against it, airing on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, meaning that people may have been out and about and not sitting in front of their television sets.

It was also Monday night football as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the Philadelphia Eagles, with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and dedicated Eagles fan, Rob McElhenney even watching the game from his seat at the festivities.

Too Close To The Golden Globes

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Usually televised in September, the Emmys had to pivot this year due to the then-ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes.

With no choice but to move the event into the next year, TV’s biggest night fell just a few days after the Golden Globes, which could point to award show fatigue for at-home audiences.

With a bit of a break before the Academy Awards air in March, perhaps this is just what viewers need to come back refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to weigh in on the best of the best in film from the last year.

Succession Big Winners

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As for the big winners of Monday nights, HBO’s family-centered drama, Succession, and FX’s comedy-drama series, The Bear, were the night’s biggest winners.

If you, like many, were tired of hearing the words “And the Emmy goes to … Succession!” this will be your last year hearing it as the show has finally come to an end after an uber-successful four-season run.

Along with taking home the bragging rights of being the Outstanding Drama Series, an honor the title has won twice before, stars Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew Macfayden also took home awards for their performances.

The Bear Also Nabbed Awards

Likewise, The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ayo Edibiri snagged Emmys for their work, with the show wrangling the Outstanding Comedy Series award.

Netflix’s Beef was another take-no-prisoners show, with its stars Steven Yeun and Ali Wong receiving awards.

Other notable winners included The White Lotus’s Jennifer Coolidge, DahmerMonster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’s Niecy Nash-Betts, Black Bird’s Paul Walter Hauser, and Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson.

No More Awards Shows?

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As we wait for the official numbers to drop, it seems the fate of the American award show hangs in the balance as more folks seem to be tuning out rather than celebrating alongside the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

If the catch-up Emmys provided any foreshadowing of what’s to come, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for the rest of this year’s award circuit.

Source: The Wrap