The 2015 Emmys were the least-watched on record — until Sunday, when the 2016 Emmys became the least-watched on record.

Updated figures from ABC put the show at 11.3 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s down from 11.87 million and a 3.6 for FOX’s telecast of the awards last year.

The awards have now declined for three years running after averaging 17.8 million viewers and a 4.9 demo rating on CBS in 2013. Those awards in turn were the highest-rated since 2006.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards and earned mostly positive reviews for his performance. “Game of Thrones,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Veep” were the night’s big winners.

Here’s a rundown of the audience for the Emmys in the 21st century.

Date Network Host Adults 18-49 rating Viewers (millions)
Nov. 4, 2001 CBS Ellen DeGeneres n/a 17.1
Sept. 22, 2002 NBC Conan O’Brien n/a 20
Sept. 21, 2003 FOX Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrel Hammond, George Lopez, Conan O’Brien, Bernie Mac, Dennis Miller, Garry Shandling, Martin Short, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes n/a 17.7
Sept. 19, 2004 ABC Garry Shandling 4.6 13.8
Sept. 18, 2005 CBS Ellen DeGeneres 6.0 18.6
Aug. 27, 2006 NBC Conan O’Brien 5.2 16.1
Sept. 16, 2007 FOX Ryan Seacrest 4.3 13.1
Sept. 21, 2008 ABC Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, Ryan Seacrest 3.8 12.2
Sept. 20, 2009 CBS Neil Patrick Harris 4.2 13.5
Aug. 29, 2010 NBC Jimmy Fallon 4.1 13.5
Sept. 18, 2011 FOX Jane Lynch 4.2 12.4
Sept. 23, 2012 ABC Jimmy Kimmel 3.9 13.3
Sept. 22, 2013 CBS Neil Patrick Harris 4.9 17.6
Aug. 25, 2014 NBC Seth Meyers 4.2 15.6
Sept. 20, 2015 FOX Andy Samberg 3.6 11.9
Sept. 18, 2016 ABC Jimmy Kimmel 2.8 11.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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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