“TV’s biggest night” of 2022 was its smallest in history.
The 74th annual Emmy Awards Monday, hosted by Kenan Thompson, attracted just 5.9 million viewers to NBC — a 25% decrease in viewership from last year’s awards on CBS, according to preliminary Nielsen data.
Additionally, this year’s Emmys had a 1.0 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 — the lowest score they’ve ever received among core audiences.
Since the advent of streaming apps, the diversity of television offered today has posed a challenge for the Emmy producers, now unable to find a more cohesive audience. The last time it cracked double-digit millions was in 2018, drawing 10.2 million fans.
The show reached its highest viewership level in 2000 with a whopping 21.8 million viewers.
HBO’s “The White Lotus” cast and crew won all five of the categories for which they were nominated, but the network’s other standout, “Succession,” and “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, each won the night’s top categories for Outstanding Drama and Comedy series, respectively.
Thompson kicked off the show alongside backup dancers, grooving to remixes of popular TV show theme songs, including those of “Friends,” “Law & Order” and “Game of Thrones.”
The “SNL” comic later deemed history-making Emmy winner Zendaya “too old” to date Leonardo DiCaprio and slammed “Succession” for its lack of diversity later during his traditional monologue.
His “Good Burger” co-star Kel Mitchell briefly appeared for a bit at the ceremony’s bar, alongside Jason Sudeikis and Kumail Nanjiani — to the delight of, albeit few, nostalgic millennial viewers.
See the complete winners list from the 2022 Emmy Awards here.