Emmy Ratings Plummet 10 Percent to All-Time Low

Amy Sherman-Palladino accepts the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" from Emilia Clarke and Millie Bobby Brown onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The show is in the running for outstanding comedy, along with "Barry", "Black-ish", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "GLOW", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "Silicon Valley" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". In the end, Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein took home the honors for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively.

Claire Foy from Netflix's "The Crown" and Matthew Rhys of "The Americans" won the top awards for best drama acting. He showed up with trophies for Jaleel White (yes, Steve Urkel himself), The Jeffersons' Marla Gibbs and Martin's Tichina Arnold, among others.

The field, including Rachel Brosnahan of "Mrs. Maisel", is wide open, with six-time Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her HBO series, "Veep", sitting these Emmys out for scheduling reasons.

The ceremony hosted by "Saturday Night Live" regulars Colin Jost and Michael Che took on a decidedly political hue at the start, with a barrage of edgy jokes on hot-button issues from diversity in Hollywood to #MeToo and Donald Trump.

Networks see live events such as awards shows and sports games as one of their last areas of advantage over streaming competitors, and they rely on such events to pull in ad dollars and to promote their own content. Our crew, they work so hard and we put them through so much and they still like us. If the early numbers are any indication, then Monday's show could be a historic low when official viewership is released later on Tuesday. This period lasts anywhere between seven to nine months (or longer).

Rachel Brosnahan poses with her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles California
Emmy Ratings Plummet 10 Percent to All-Time Low

Thandie Newton won the best supporting actress in a drama statuette for her work on HBO´s futuristic western "Westworld".

Other big winners included "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", for best limited series and actor Darren Criss, who played the gay serial killer who murdered the Italian designer in Miami in 1997.

HBO, now part of AT&T, won the outstanding drama award for Game of Thrones, a fantasy epic set in the land of Westeros.

The Americans gave us one of the best TV pilots ever (so did Game of Thrones, but the former ranks higher for us). In fact, that's why he won an Emmy Monday - for directing the Oscars.

  • Marlene Weaver