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  • Anyone watch the Emmys?

    No? You weren't alone.

    And the award for lowest-rated Emmys ever goes to ...
    ABC's Sunday night telecast.

    The three-hour 60th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony received a 3.8 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demo -- the lowest in Nielsen's recorded People Meter history. That's 12% below last year's previous Emmy record low, a ceremony hosted by Ryan Seacrest on Fox.

    Among total viewers, the Emmys effectively matched the previous historic low. Last night was seen by 12.2 million viewers, firmly less than 2007 (13 million) and on par with the least-viewed telecast ever (Fox's 1990 ceremony, which was seen by 12.3 million). With the total audience numbers this close in the preliminary returns, we'll wait until the nationals roll in later today to see if if the Awards set a record low in viewers in addition to the adult demo.

    The ceremony, emceed by five reality series hosts, was largely derided by critics, who found the presentation's pacing off kilter and its jokes unfunny. A painful opening segment where the hosts deliberately talked about nothing was slammed by reviewers and fellow Emmy nominees (backstage, Jeremy Piven said it was like watching "Springtime for Hitler").

    ABC's red carpet lead-in "Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night of Stars" (4.6 million, 1.2/4) placed fourth in its 7 p.m. time slot, falling 12% from last year's preshow.

    Like last year, the Awards were given heavy competition from Sunday Night Football (19.2 million, 8.1/19) on NBC, which easily won the night with a Cowboys vs. Packers game (NBC's numbers are expected to shift in the nationals, however). How the John McCain and Barack Obama interviews performed on "60 Minutes" is also of interest, but those early numbers are tainted by overrun from an NFL game and won't be posted here until later.

    Industry insiders expected the awards to sink to a grim new watermark given that low-rated AMC series "Mad Men" was the most-nominated drama, and NBC's relatively modestly rated "30 Rock" was the most-honored comedy. Most of the shows that took home major awards ("Men," "30 Rock," FX's "Damages" and HBO's "John Adams") were likewise niche draws.

    Still, the Emmy Awards performance makes for a dubious start to premiere week, when broadcasters roll out the bulk of their programming debuts.
    NBC topped the night with NFL, followed by ABC with the Emmys, CBS with NFL overrun, "60 Minutes" (3.2/9) and repeats, then a repeat-filled Fox.

    THR's Emmy news recap: Awards a night of firsts ... Full winners list ... Reality makes splash ...
    http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/09/emmy-ratings.html
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    I watched.

    Howie Mandel is terrible. Just. Terrible.
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    • #3
      The only part I (luckily) caught was Ricky Gervias presenting. Steve Carrell was involved. Had to probably be the funniest part of the show. I laughed my ass off and then stopped watching.
      Of course you do.

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      • #4
        No, but I did see Salma Hayek looking hotter than hell on that Jimmy Kimmel special that preceded it.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ShortHop View Post
          The only part I (luckily) caught was Ricky Gervias presenting. Steve Carrell was involved. Had to probably be the funniest part of the show. I laughed my ass off and then stopped watching.

          That was fucking hilarious.

          Ricky Gervais is one funny SOB.
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          • #6
            watching the emmys would require me to know who half of the people there are.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ShortHop View Post
              The only part I (luckily) caught was Ricky Gervias presenting. Steve Carrell was involved. Had to probably be the funniest part of the show. I laughed my ass off and then stopped watching.
              "Look at his stupid face!"

              That opening segment was one of the most painful things I've ever seen. I could have gone without watching any of it, but of course, my wife wanted to see it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ShortHop View Post
                The only part I (luckily) caught was Ricky Gervias presenting. Steve Carrell was involved. Had to probably be the funniest part of the show. I laughed my ass off and then stopped watching.
                I had high hopes for the show after seeing that bit. But then lost all confidence after the Laugh In skit and award. I was done after that. Glad to see that 30 Rock did so well. It's one of my favorites.
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                • #9
                  As long as Entourage is on and as long as Jeremy Piven is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, nobody else should have a chance of winning it.
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                  • #10
                    Didn't Barbara Walters, prior to Jimmy Kimmel's special, say something to the effect of "There are other options on other networks to watch."?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ShortHop View Post
                      The only part I (luckily) caught was Ricky Gervias presenting. Steve Carrell was involved. Had to probably be the funniest part of the show. I laughed my ass off and then stopped watching.
                      ++

                      Only part I saw too. Good stuff. How the hell did Carrell keep a straight face that entire time?
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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by StlCardz1982 View Post
                          As long as Entourage is on and as long as Jeremy Piven is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, nobody else should have a chance of winning it.
                          I've never seen it -- don't have HBO. Is it worth buying the dvds?
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                          • #14
                            Very David Brent like. Hilariouis.
                            Of course you do.

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                            • #15
                              i used to like entourage but its kinda gotten stale. but that award is def piven's as long as he's around

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