Television’s biggest night ended up with its smallest audience ever.
The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards averaged 10.2 million viewers for NBC. in which number is usually down 11% by last year, which makes Monday’s show the least-watched Emmys on record.
The Emmys aren’t alone when the idea comes to declining viewership. The Oscars along with Grammys’ numbers have also suffered in recent years.
The awards broadcast clocked in at three hours along with went up against ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
Highlights include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” win inside the best comedy category, “Game of Thrones” reclaiming the best drama award along with director Glenn Weiss’ on-stage marriage proposal while accepting the Emmy for his work at the Oscars.
Related: Glenn Weiss wins best Emmy moment with live proposal
The overall broadcast was on the receiving end of some bruising critique.
“With Michael Che along with Colin Jost unable to set an amusing tone, the Emmys became a bloated ‘Saturday Night Live’ episode,” wrote Daniel Fienberg, TV critic for the Hollywood Reporter.
CNN’s Brian Lowry agreed with This specific assessment.
“There was simply too much ‘SNL,’ past along with present, as if producer Lorne Michaels — overseeing the telecast for host network NBC — could scarcely be bothered to reach beyond his comfort zone,” Lowry wrote in his Emmy review.
CNNMoney (brand new York) First published September 18, 2018: 11:59 AM ET