Historical Emmy Awards Ratings + Poll: Will You Watch?

Categories: Emmy Awards

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August 27th, 2010

Sunday marks the first time since 2006 that the Emmy Awards have aired in August, about a month earlier than normal, and it's for the same reason as last time.  The Emmy Awards cycle between the four major broadcast networks and when it's NBC's turn the peacocks don't want it to conflict with Sunday Night Football

The Emmy's face tough competition Sunday night, including a couple of  "best drama" nominees with True Blood and Mad Men airing original episodes.     This is the first broadcast to air live on the west coast, and NBC will also rebroadcast it at 8pm on the west coast (and those ratings will get lumped in to the final tally).

Unfortunately, 2006 was also the first year DVR numbers were included and so past results (included below) are somewhat scrambled for any predictive purposes.  We did a guess the ratings poll back in July, I will probably repost it over the weekend.   For now we want to know if you plan to watch.

For reference, here are the historical Emmy Awards ratings since 1956:

Household Number of Number of **Cost per
Day Date Time Net Rating Share Homes Viewers 30 Sec Spot
SUN 9/21/09 (DVR) 8:00PM-11:05PM CBS 8.7 14 10,015,000 13,471,000 $395,000
SUN 9/21/08 (DVR) 8:00PM-11:00PM ABC 8.2 13 9,371,000 12,339,000 $284,000
SUN 9/16/07 (DVR) 8:00PM-11:14PM FOX 8.4 14 9,445,000 12,951,000 $583,100
SUN 8/27/06 (DVR) 8:00PM-11:00PM NBC 10.6 17 11,669,000 16,184,000 $435,000
SUN 9/18/05 8:00PM-11:03PM CBS 12.5 20 13,760,000 18,683,000 $528,100
SUN 9/19/04 8:00PM-10:58PM ABC 9.4 15 10,336,000 13,788,000 $441,900
SUN 9/21/03 8:00PM-11:05PM FOX 11.8 19 12,751,000 17,937,000 $520,000
SUN 9/22/02 8:00PM-11:15PM NBC 13.5 21 14,397,000 19,987,000 $475,000
SUN 11/4/01 8:00PM-11:04PM CBS 11.4 16 12,045,000 17,117,000 $383,400
SUN 9/10/00 8:00PM-11:05PM ABC 14.2 23 14,554,000 21,798,000 $424,400
SUN 9/12/99 8:00PM-11:00PM FOX 11.7 19 11,777,000 17,454,000 $400,000
SUN 9/13/98 7:00PM-11:01PM NBC 13.6 23 13,526,000 19,365,000 $323,000
SAT 9/14/97 8:00PM-11:01PM CBS 13.5 21 13,264,000 18,774,000 $327,900
SUN 9/8/96 8:00PM-11:00PM ABC 14.4 23 13,962,000 20,582,000 $242,000
SUN 9/10/95 8:00PM-11:00PM FOX 12.4 20 11,892,000 18,041,000 $277,900
SUN 9/11/94 8:00PM-11:02PM ABC 14.6 23 13,928,000 21,246,000 $223,000
SUN 9/19/93 8:00PM-11:01PM ABC 13.6 21 12,811,000 18,900,000 $221,600
SUN 8/30/92 8:00PM-11:32PM FOX 13.9 24 12,802,000 20,415,000 Not Available
SUN 8/25/91 8:00PM-11:04PM FOX 12.5 22 11,640,000 18,507,600 Not Available
SUN 9/16/90 8.00PM-11:15PM FOX 8.2 14 7,630,000 12,299,566 Not Available
SUN 9/17/89 8.00PM-11:00PM FOX 11.4 19 10,500,000 17,209,500 Not Available
SUN 8/28/88 8.00PM-11:22PM FOX 10.4 18 9,210,000 15,426,750 Not Available
SUN 9/20/87 8.00PM-11:00PM FOX 8.8 14 7,800,000 14,383,200 Not Available
SUN 9/21/86 8.00PM-11:01PM NBC 23.1 36 20,190,000 35,796,587 $179,000
SUN 9/22/85 8.00PM-11:00PM ABC 18.6 29 15,980,000 Not Available $170,000
SUN 9/23/84 9.04PM-12:39PM CBS 17.1 33 14,520,000 20,284,440 $198,900
SUN 9/25/83 8.00PM-11:22PM NBC 18.0 30 15,080,000 24,505,000 $160,000
SUN 9/19/82 8.00PM-11:04PM ABC 21.7 35 18,080,000 33,014,080
SUN 9/13/81 8.00PM-11:03PM CBS 22.3 37 18,170,000 Not Available
SUN 9/7/80 9.00PM-12:02AM NBC 15.0 29 11,670,000 Not Available
SUN 9/9/79 8.30PM-11:10PM ABC 27.3 45 20,830,000 Not Available
SUN 9/17/78 8.27PM-10:30PM CBS NL
SUN 9/17/78 11.03PM-12:34AM CBS 18.3 33 13,630,000 Not Available
MON 5/17/76 9.00PM-11:40PM ABC 25.3 42 17,610,000 31,381,020
MON 5/19/75 9.00PM-11:05PM CBS 25.0 44 17,130,000 30,834,000
WED 9/4/74 10.00PM-11:40PM ABC 10.0 21 6,850,000 Not Available
SUN 5/20/73 9:00PM-11:10PM ABC 29.0 49 18,790,000 Not Available
SUN 5/6/72 10:00PM-12:15AM CBS 25.1 54 15,590,000 Not Available
SUN 5/9/71 10:00PM-12:00AM NBC 30.3 59 18,210,000 Not Available
SUN 6/7/70 9:00PM-11:20PM ABC 21.4 42 12,520,000 Not Available
SUN 6/8/69 10:00PM-12:05AM CBS 23.2 50 13,220,000 Not Available
SUN 5/19/68 9:00PM-11:00PM NBC 27.9 53 15,600,000 Not Available
SUN 6/4/67 9:00PM-11:15PM ABC 24.1 45 13,230,000 Not Available
SUN 5/22/66 10:00PM-11:45PM CBS 30.3 58 16,300,000 Not Available
SUN 9/12/65 10:00PM-12:00AM NBC 25.1 51 13,500,000 Not Available
MON 5/25/64 10:00PM-11:30PM NBC 31.9 65 16,360,000 Not Available
SUN 5/26/63 10:00PM-11:50PM NBC 29.8 63 14,840,000 Not Available
TUE 5/22/62 10:00PM-11:50PM NBC 28.1 61 13,769,000 Not Available
TUE 5/16/61 10:00PM-11:30PM NBC 32.7 64 15,336,000 Not Available
* PRIOR TO 1961 RATINGS WERE CALCULATED ACCORDING TO EACH NETWORK'S UNIVERSE.
THEREFORE, EACH NETWORK'S RATING WAS A PERCENTAGE OF ITS OWN UNIVERSE
WED 5/6/59 10:00PM-11:30PM NBC 33.3 57 Not Available Not Available
TUE 4/15/58 10:00PM-11:30PM NBC 33.5 59 Not Available Not Available
SUN 3/16/57 9:00PM-10:30PM NBC 27.2 41 Not Available Not Available
SUN 3/17/56 9:00PM-10:30PM NBC 29.8 44 Not Available Not Available

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**Cost Per Thousand books not available for years 1987,1988,1989,1990,1991 and 1992

NL stands for ‘next listing’ which signifies the telecast had a time interruption and the rating data is reported in the next entry listed in this column.

Source: NTI Pocketpieces, Nielsen Audience Composition Reports and Nielsen Galaxy Explorer, Ad expenditure data from Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

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