The winners of the Emmy Awards don’t often jibe with the ratings — except when they do.

That was the case in 2016, when three of the four series winners at the primetime ceremony (“The Voice” for reality-competition show and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” for limited series and “Game of Thrones” for drama series) were the highest-rated in their category. Comedy winner “Veep,” however, was the least-watched in its category (as far as we know).

This year’s winners, including the first-ever victory for a streaming show for best drama (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) were more of a split verdict. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is on Hulu, which like other streaming services doesn’t release viewing numbers.

“The Voice” repeated, and was once again the most-watched show of any of the reality-competition nominees. “Veep” was the least-watched of the Nielsen-rated comedy series nominees, and “Big Little Lies” was No. 2 among limited series in terms of ratings.

The winners (shown in bold italics) and their fellow nominees in each of the primetime 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, 2016-May 31, 2017).

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

“The Voice” (NBC) – 2.3 rating in adults 18-49, 10.44 million viewers
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC) – 1.8, 6.28 million
“The Amazing Race” (CBS) – 0.8, 4.03 million
“Project Runway” (Lifetime) – 0.5, 1.78 million
“Top Chef” (Bravo) – 0.4, 980,000
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) – 0.4, 710,000

Outstanding Limited Series

“The Night Of” (HBO) – 0.5, 1.41 million
“Big Little Lies” (HBO) – 0.4, 1.17 million
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) – 0.3, 1.36 million
“Fargo” (FOX) – 0.3, 1.13 million
“Genius” (National Georgraphic) – 0.2, 1.05 million

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Modern Family” (ABC) – 2.1, 6.9 million
“Black-ish” (ABC) – 1.5, 5.18 million
“Atlanta” (FX) – 0.5, 890,000
“Veep” (HBO) – 0.2, 580,000
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series

“This Is Us” (NBC) – 2.7, 9.85 million
“Westworld” (HBO) – 0.8, 1.83 million
“Better Call Saul” (AMC) – 0.6, 1.64 million
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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