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68th Emmy Awards Definitely Dips to an Historical Low

9.69 Million Viewers, Based on the Fast Affiliates, is Considerably Below the Record Year-Ago Low of 11.87 Million

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Sunday, September 18 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 16.93 million, CBS: 11.94, ABC: 8.85, Fox: 1.92

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 6.0 rating/19 share, CBS: 2.8/ 9, ABC: 2.2/ 7, Fox: 0/8/ 3

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7:00 p.m.

ABC – Countdown to The Emmy Awards: Red Carpet Live
Viewers: 6.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3t)

CBS – NFL Football
Viewers: 19.28 million (#1), A18-49: 5.7/21 (#1)

NBC – Football Night in America, part one
Viewers: 6.90 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#2)

Fox – Bob’s Burgers (R)
Viewers: 2.87 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3t)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – Countdown to The Emmy Awards: Red Carpet Live
Viewers: 6.62 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 16.01 million (#1), A18-49: 4.2/15 (#1)

NBC – Football Night in America, part one
Viewers: 10.42 million (#2), A18-49: 3/5/10 (#2)

Fox – Bob’s Burgers (R)
Viewers: 1.82 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

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8:00 p.m.

Based on these fast affiliate ratings (which includes all time period data), the viewer tally for the Emmys is a depressed 9.69 million from 9-11 p.m.. The rating among adults 18-49, meanwhile, is only a 2.4. Prior to last year’s low (11.87 million), the Emmys pulled in the fewest viewers of any telecast on record in 2008 with 12.34 million.

ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
Viewers: 10.23 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#3)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 12.47 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Football Night in America, part three
Viewers: 15.71 million (#1), A18-49: 5.4/18 (#1)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 1.84 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
Viewers: 10.16 million (#3), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Case of JonBenet Ramsey
Viewers: 10.66 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#3)

ABC – Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Viewers: 22.00 million (#1), A18-49: 7.8/24 (#1)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 1.80 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
Viewers: 9.92 million (#3), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Case of JonBenet Ramsey
Viewers: 10.82 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#3)

ABC – Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Viewers: 21.59 million (#1), A18-49: 7.7/23 (#1)

Fox – Family Guy (R)
Viewers: 1.92 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
Viewers: 9.84 million (#3), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Case of JonBenet Ramsey
Viewers: 10.51 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

ABC – Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Viewers: 21.32 million (#1), A18-49: 7.7/22 (#1)

Fox – Family Guy (R)
Viewers: 1.29 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#4)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
Viewers: 9.30 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Case of JonBenet Ramsey
Viewers: 9.18 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#3)

ABC – Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Viewers: 10,72 million (#1), A18-49: 6.9/22 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
Viewers: 8.67 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#2)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 6.71 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

ABC – Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Viewers: 18.83 million (#1), A18-49: 7.0/23 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Apparently, Americans care less and less about overpaid, untalented creators of shows their don’t watch self-congratulating and using the occasion to share their political views…

    Go figure!!!