Emmy winners by the numbers: Did big ratings equal Emmy wins?

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If the Emmys were strictly a popularity contest, the nominees would look substantially different each year. But as Sunday’s 68th annual ceremony played out, the more popular shows, as measured by ratings, in the series categories fared pretty well.

In three of the four series categories — reality-competition, limited series and drama — the highest-rated show in adults 18-49 took home the Emmy. Only comedy series winner “Veep” was an outlier.

Here are the winners (shown in bold italics) and their fellow nominees in each of the prime-time series categories awarded Sunday, ranked in descending order of ratings. Since streaming services don’t release viewing figures, they’re listed last in their respective categories. (All numbers are live + same-day for seasons that aired during the Emmy eligibility period, June 1, 2015-May 31, 2016).

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

“The Voice” (NBC) – 2.6 rating in adults 18-49, 11.15 million viewers
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC) – 1.9, 6.54 million
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – 1.8, 11.97 million
“The Amazing Race” (CBS) – 1.1, 5.77 million
“Project Runway” (Lifetime) – 0.6, 2.15 million
“Top Chef” (Bravo) – 0.4, 1 million

Outstanding Limited Series

“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (FX) – 1.3, 3.29 million
“Roots” (History) – 1.1, 4.12 million
“American Crime” (ABC) – 0.9, 3.72 million
“Fargo” (FX) – 0.4, 1.3 million
“The Night Manager” (AMC) – 0.2, 793,000

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Modern Family” (ABC) – 2.6, 7.92 million
“Black-ish” (ABC) – 1.8, 5.85 million
“Silicon Valley” (HBO) – 0.9, 1.75 million
“Veep” (HBO) – 0.5, 994,000
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series

“Downton Abbey” (PBS) – n/a, 8.9 million
“Game of Thrones” (HBO) – 3.9, 7.69 million
“Better Call Saul” (AMC) – 0.9, 2.16 million
“Homeland” (Showtime) – 0.5, 1.53 million
“Mr. Robot” (USA) – 0.5, 1.39 million
“The Americans” (FX) – 0.3, 910,000
“House of Cards” (Netflix)

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