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):

Time Show Adults 18-49 ratings Total Viewers (millions)
7:00 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS) 4.0 16.2
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.8 7.0
Celebrity Family Feud – R (ABC) 0.7 5.0
Last Man Standing – R (Fox) 0.5 2.0
7:30 p.m. NFL: The O.T. (Fox) 4.0 13.0
Duncanville – R (Fox) 0.3 910,000
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 3.7 13.3
60 Minutes (CBS) *start 7:50 p.m. 1.3 7.5
72nd Annual Emmy Awards (ABC) 1.0 5.1
The Simpsons – R (Fox) 0.3 902,000
Fridge Wars (CW) 0.1 278,000
8:30 p.m. NFL Sunday Night Football: New England at Seattle (NBC) 4.3 14.3
Bless The Harts – R (Fox) 0.3 730,000
9:00 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) *start 8:50 p.m. 0.9 3.5
Press Your Luck – R (ABC) 0.4 2.3
Bob’s Burgers – R (Fox) 0.3 827,000
Supernatural – R (CW) 0.1 255,000
9:30 p.m. Family Guy – R (Fox) 0.3 804,000
10 p.m. Love Island (CBS) *start 9:50 p.m. 0.4 1.7
Match Game – R (ABC) 0.3 2.0