The Emmy nominations announced Thursday featured the return of a network series to the outstanding drama series field, a whole bunch of new nominees in that same category and several very familiar titles in the comedy and reality categories.
As we do here with TV award shows, TV by the Numbers is also ranking the series contenders in order of their ratings. It’s interesting to see how the TV Academy’s membership votes vs. the way the public at large does with their remotes.
One other note: It’s probably wise not to use this guide in filling out your Emmy pool ballots. Nielsen numbers don’t necessarily reflect a show’s standing with voters.
Unknown: 6 streaming nominees
Say it with us: Streaming services don’t release viewership numbers. So we don’t know how many people watched drama nominees “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards” and “Stranger Things” and comedy nominees “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Here are the rankings, in reverse order, for nominees with publicly available ratings. All numbers are live plus same-day for the eligible seasons (for “American Ninja Warrior,” that means summer 2016).
|Rank||Series||Network||Emmy category||18-49 rating||Viewers (millions)|
|Feud: Bette and Joan||FX||Limited||0.3||1.36|
|Big Little Lies||HBO||Limited||0.4||1.17|
|RuPaul’s Drag Race||VH1||Reality-competition||0.4||0.71|
|The Night Of||HBO||Limited||0.5||1.41|
|8||Better Call Saul||AMC||Drama||0.6||1.64|
|7||The Amazing Race||CBS||Reality-competition||0.8||4.03|
|4||American Ninja Warrior||NBC||Reality-competition||1.8||6.28|
|1||This Is Us||NBC||Drama||2.7||9.85|