For the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – it was deja vu – the year of the Repeat – as in repeat winners.
For the third year in a row, 30 Rock won for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Mad Men swept its way to its second straight Outstanding Drama Series win.
Another repeat winner came in the reality category, with The Amazing Race winning its 7th straight trophy for Outstanding Reality Series. And it was the same old story with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show winning for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series. Again.
There were few surprises, but among them was Jon Cryer winning for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Two and a Half Men. The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series win went to Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock (but should have gone to Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory.)
And Bryan Cranston won again for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad – yes, the same Bryan Cranston who played Malcolm’s dad in Malcolm in the Middle.
To see a complete list of winners from The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, click here.
Neil Patrick Harris was host of the Awards, and he was a marked improvement over last year’s “experiment”, where five hosts conducted the ceremony and was considered a disaster.
So, how did the show do in the ratings? Very well, thank you very much. The awards show averaged a 4.2 rating in adults 18-49 and drew a total of 13.3 million viewers, up from a 3.8 adults 18-49 and 12 million viewers a year ago (but it did finish behind NFL Football on NBC.)
What about Chicago? We may not turn out for Idol… but we Chicagoans turned out for the Emmys (and having a Bears and 60 Minutes lead-in doesn’t hurt, either.) Last night’s airing drew a 12.7/20 household rating and share locally over WBBM-TV, ranking 5th among 56 metered markets.
The highest rated was Kansas City with KCTV averging a 14.2/22. The lowest? Dallas-Fort Worth, with a 4.3/6 on KTVT- but for good reason: The Giants-Cowboys game that aired opposite the Emmys drew a whopping 41.7/61 and drew the largest crowd for a football game in NFL history with 105,121 fans!
New York City weighed in with a 12.1/18. (Jets fans?)
To see all 56 metered markets’ results, click here and scroll down.