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.

See also: Complete list of 2017 Emmy nominees

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)
19 Veep HBO Comedy 0.2 0.58
Genius Nat Geo Limited 0.2 1.05
17 Fargo FX Limited 0.3 1.13
Feud: Bette and Joan FX Limited 0.3 1.36
15 Silicon Valley HBO Comedy 0.4 0.81
Big Little Lies HBO Limited 0.4 1.17
RuPaul’s Drag Race VH1 Reality-competition 0.4 0.71
Top Chef Bravo Reality-competition 0.4 0.98
11 Atlanta FX Comedy 0.5 0.89
The Night Of HBO Limited 0.5 1.41
Project Runway Lifetime Reality-competition 0.5 1.78
8 Better Call Saul AMC Drama 0.6 1.64
7 The Amazing Race CBS Reality-competition 0.8 4.03
Westworld HBO Drama 0.8 1.83
5 Black-ish ABC Comedy 1.5 5.18
4 American Ninja Warrior NBC Reality-competition 1.8 6.28
3 Modern Family ABC Comedy 2.1 6.90
2 The Voice NBC Reality-competition 2.3 10.44
1 This Is Us NBC Drama 2.7 9.85


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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