The 2021 Emmys had lots of fans and celebrities excited this past Sunday night. For many years fans marked the date of the award show on their calendars and the live broadcast was must-see TV. That’s not the case anymore with award shows in general. Many of which have been on the decline big time in the last few years. Seven years of decline to be exact. The results are too close to call so early after the show aired, however, things are looking promising.
A 16% Increase
The preliminary numbers that we are seeing thrown out there by multiple sources indicate that the show saw a 16% increase in viewership when compared to 2020. The show racked up a total of 7.4 million viewers in the live broadcast. Compared to the 6.4 million viewers that watched last years’ show. Although, the increase in viewers is undeniable the numbers are still way down from years past. This is a trend though that we’ve seen with all sorts of award shows. It’s not just an issue with the Emmys.
It’s Still On The Low End
As we mentioned, this year’s show is far from being one of the most-watched Emmy nights in history. The 7.4 million viewers would put this year’s show as the third least-watched Emmys award show of the modern era. There is a bit of a silver lining to all of this though. We still haven’t gotten the number of viewers that streamed the show live on Paramount Plus. Nor the number of times it was rewatched via DVR. Therefore, the low numbers could just indicate more people are on streaming services than watching their local CBS station.
Breaking A Cold Streak For Award Shows This Year
Even though the numbers don’t seem all that great when you’re trending upward it’s always going to be a good sign. The fact is, pretty much no other top award show this year has had upward trending viewership numbers. In fact, some of the marquee award shows like the Grammys and The Oscars continue to see their viewership slip dramatically year after year. The ratings for this year’s Oscars dropped almost 60% when compared to the year before. That seems like a real crisis!
Will Networks Still Want To Broadcast These Shows?
In just looking at the numbers it is completely evident that viewership on traditional networks is on a downward slope that seems to have no end. The 7.4 million viewers represent a 34% downward slide in viewership from the last time that CBS hosted the show. This brings up a clear question to large networks for the upcoming years. Are these award shows something that we’ll continue to see on live TV moving forward? The numbers on every show are down with regular networks, so we can’t be too dramatic, can we?