TV audience for 2019 Emmy awards slumps to all-time low
24 Sep 2019
Cast and crew of "Game of Thrones" accept the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 71st Emmy Awards. AFP
Emmy Award viewership plunged to 6.9 million people, a drop of 32% from last year.
The Nielsen Company says it's the first time ever that viewership for television's biggest awards show has slipped below 10 million viewers.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses with her award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Fleabag." AFP
The show, telecast Sunday night on Fox, had no host and competed with a popular NFL game on NBC.
The ratings illustrate a growing disconnect between the TV-viewing public and television academy voters. While a popular series like HBO's "Game of Thrones" won best drama, the less-seen Amazon series "Fleabag" earned best comedy.
Last year's Emmys, with 10.2 million viewers, had been the previous least-watched edition of the Emmys.