Sunday TV Ratings: 2020 Emmys Hit an All-Time Low Against NFL & NBA

Emmys 2020 Ratings
2020 Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

Update 9:05 am on 9/22/20: Updated numbers released on Tuesday show the broadcast came up again to 6.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating.

Update 10:36 a.m. PT: Final numbers for the Emmys broadcast came up from previously reported overnights to 6.1 million viewers and a 1.2 rating, but still a record low for the broadcast.

Previously 8:30 a.m. PT: The show did go on Sunday, September 20, for the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with host Jimmy Kimmel doing his best in a mostly-virtual setting with nominees and winners scattered at their homes all over the globe. But it's not a huge surprise that, coupled with a less-than-spectacular awards show and competition from the NFL (on NBC) and game 2 of the NBA Playoffs (on ESPN), ratings hit an all-time low for the annual broadcast.

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Based on overnights (that do not include West Coast numbers, which will be available later on Monday or early Tuesday), the broadcast brought in 5.1 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, a drop from last year's broadcast (on Fox) when 6.9 million viewers showed up with a 1.6 rating.

For the rest of the night, the Seattle Seahawks beating the Denver Nuggets 35-30 was the big draw for the NFL in both the 18-49 demo and total viewers. (Again, final numbers will adjust later).

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Here's the breakdown for Sunday, September 20, 2020 (numbers are fast-affiliate based):

TimeShowAdults 18-49 ratingsTotal Viewers (millions)
7:00 p.m.NFL overrun  (CBS)4.016.2
Football Night in America (NBC)1.87.0
Celebrity Family Feud - R  (ABC)0.75.0
Last Man Standing - R (Fox)0.52.0
7:30 p.m.NFL: The O.T.  (Fox)4.013.0
Duncanville – R (Fox)0.3910,000
8 p.m.SNF Pregame (NBC)3.713.3
60 Minutes  (CBS) *start 7:50 p.m.1.37.5
72nd Annual Emmy Awards  (ABC)1.05.1
The Simpsons - R  (Fox)0.3902,000
Fridge Wars  (CW)0.1278,000
8:30 p.m.NFL Sunday Night Football: New England at Seattle (NBC)4.314.3
Bless The Harts – R (Fox)0.3730,000
9:00 p.m.Big Brother (CBS) *start 8:50 p.m.0.93.5
Press Your Luck – R (ABC)0.42.3
Bob’s Burgers - R (Fox)0.3827,000
Supernatural – R (CW)0.1255,000
9:30 p.m.Family Guy – R (Fox)0.3804,000
10 p.m.Love Island (CBS) *start 9:50 p.m.0.41.7
Match Game – R (ABC)0.32.0