2021 Emmys Reach Awards Scarcity As Ratings Reach 7.4 Million Viewers

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The Emmys accomplished what is becoming a rarity for award shows these days, actually growing its audience in previous years.

The Nielsen Company estimated that 7.4 million people watched the Sunday night show, where the the comedy “Ted Lasso” and the streaming service Netflix were the big winners.

This is up from the 6.1 million people who watched a ceremony sharply cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The previous year, 6.9 million people watched the show that celebrates television programming.

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The Nielsen Company estimated that 7.4 million people watched Sunday night's show, up from 6.1 million viewers in 2020.

The Nielsen Company estimated that 7.4 million people watched Sunday night’s show, up from 6.1 million viewers in 2020.
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CBS estimates that the number of viewers should increase slightly when the number of people who watched outside their home by Nielsen is included. These figures were not immediately available on Monday.

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Awards shows of all types have struggled with viewing ratings over the past two years, falling victim to the tendency for television to stream and viewers to decide what to watch and when.

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Streaming services were celebrated at the Emmys, where Netflix tied a record for most individual awards in a year, helped primarily by “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit”. The comedy “Ted Lasso” is on the Apple TV + service.


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