Emmy Awards 2022: Stale Show, Boring Speeches, Terrible Ratings–All-Time Low

Emmys 2022: All-Time Low (Again)

The awards dip below 6 million viewers for the first time ever.


The Emmy Awards fell to an all-time low in viewers for the third time in the past four years.

NBC’s broadcast of the 74th Primetime Emmys averaged 5.92 million viewers, the first time it has fallen below the 6 million mark. The previous low came in 2020, when 6.36 million people watched ABC’s telecast.

Last year’s Emmy ceremony, which aired on CBS, reversed two straight years of all-time lows.

That broadcast drew 7.83 million viewers and a 1.81 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the best marks for the Emmys since 2018.

HBO’s The White Lotus was the big winner at Monday’s ceremony, taking home five awards, including best limited or anthology series (it won five more at the Creative Arts awards earlier in September). HBO’s parent, Warner Bros. Discovery, also came out on top with 40 total awards, 14 more than runner-up Netflix.