Emmys by the Numbers: FX Gives HBO a Run for Its Money

Cable nets both take home six awards on Sunday’s 68th annual awards

Last Updated: September 18, 2016 @ 9:43 PM

HBO once again came out on top at the 68th Emmy Awards, with 22 total wins. But this year, FX closed the gap, coming in second place with 18.

Both cable networks took home six awards on Sunday’s telecast — FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” had a strong showing in the limited series categories, while HBO took home the night’s top two prizes for “Veep” and “Game of Thrones.”

But HBO’s 16 Creative Arts Emmys (compared to 12 for FX) put it over the top in the total Emmy count for the year.

The three wins for “Game of Thrones” on Sunday and nine wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys put the series at a total of 38, giving it the record for most wins by a single show. The HBO fantasy drama surpassed the previous record holder “Frasier,” which earned 37 awards during its 11-season run.

The show’s 12 wins also tied its own record for most wins by a single series in one year, set in 2015.

All but one of FX’s six wins on Sunday were awarded to “People v. O.J. Simpson,” including for writing, three acting awards for stars Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown, as well as Outstanding Limited Series.

“Baskets” star Louie Anderson took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Netflix came in third place with 18 total wins, three awarded on Sunday’s telecast, followed by PBS with eight total and two on Sunday.

Fox and NBC were the two most-award broadcast networks at this year’s Emmys, tying Amazon with six total wins. Five of Fox’s statues were awarded to the musical “Grease: Live,” while NBC took home awards for “Saturday Night Live” and “The Voice.”

See the complete list of winners here.


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