Monday, September 21, 2009

Emmy Wrap: Strong Show, Repeat Winners

The ratings were up for Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards, which is about all that CBS -- which telecast this year's show -- could ask for. According to early numbers, the Emmycast averaged 13.3 million viewers and was up about 10% in key demos. Not bad, considering it went up against a highly rated Giants/Cowboys game on NBC.

Neil Patrick Harris was a hosting sensation, and is earning nothing but raves for his turn as the Emmys' master of ceremonies. (It helps that he comes a year after the disasterous performance by five reality show hosts.) On the flip side, "30 Rock" and "Mad Men" both repeated their wins for outstanding comedy and drama, respectively. Those awards are well deserved... but didn't provide much suspense for Emmy viewers. It's the first time both categories provided back-to-back wins since 1983 and 1984, when "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues" won both years.

As usual, I was backstage in the "deadline press room," watching the show and furiously scribbling notes. In a tux. Oh, the glamour.

Here's some Variety coverage:

'30 Rock,' 'Mad Men' Take Top Emmys

What A Non-Difference A Year Makes

The Nerds Take Over the Emmys

'Amazing Race,' 'Daily Show' Roll A Seven

Winning Thesps Cross Genres

2009 Emmys: Complete List of Winners

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