Emmys by the Numbers: HBO and Netflix Tie for First, ‘Game of Thrones’ Takes Series Crown

2018’s totals mark first time a streamer has taken top honors at Emmys

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And it’s a tie!

HBO and Netflix shared the Emmys crown Monday night, as the premium cable network and streaming service both took first place in total wins at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, grabbing 23 statuettes each.

The two platforms jockeyed for the lead all night, with the Outstanding Drama Series category (which was claimed by “Game of Thrones”) being the one that left HBO and Netflix neck-and-neck.

“Game of Thrones,” led the series race with nine wins, “Saturday Night Live” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” tied for second with eight, and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” came in fourth place with seven awards.

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and “The Crown” tied for fifth place in total show wins with five apiece.

Netflix began to dominate the Emmys conversation back in July when, for the first time ever, the streamer surpassed HBO to grab 112 nominations and break the premium cable channel’s 17-year streak of being the most-nominated network.

HBO has Outstanding Drama winner “Game of Thrones” to thank for its tie Monday night, along with Season 2 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s “Westworld” (4 wins), late-night series “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (4 wins) and Bill Hader’s freshman comedy “Barry” (3 wins).

Netflix owes a debt of gratitude to its period drama “The Crown,” “Black Mirror” episode “USS Callister” (4 wins), TV movie “Godless” (3 wins), the “Queer Eye” reboot (3 wins), and the Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin-led “GLOW” (3 wins).

Behind the two first-place winners was NBC with 16 statues. The broadcaster’s third place slot comes by way of programs like “Saturday Night Live” and “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” starring John Legend.

FX took fourth place among the networks and streamers with 12 wins. And while Ryan Murphy’s limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” dominated its categories for the cabler (including Outstanding Limited Series), the final season of “The Americans” grabbed a couple prizes, as did Donald Glover’s comedy “Atlanta,” which was largely shutout after several big wins in 2017.

Meanwhile, CNN and Amazon tied for fifth place with eight wins apiece. The news network boasted several wins for “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” while Prime Video grabbed a lot of gold for Amy Sherman-Palladino’s comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which became the first streaming series to take the Outstanding Comedy Series honor.

Hulu left with four awards, with less love this year for the streamer’s big 2017 winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The drama grabbed three prizes this year, all handed out earlier this month at the Creative Arts awards.

See the complete list of winners here and the breakdown by show and network below.

Total wins per network
HBO: 23
Netflix: 23
NBC: 16
FX: 12
CNN: 8
Amazon Prime Video: 8
National Geographic: 5
VH1: 5
Hulu: 4
Fox: 3
Adult Swim: 2
Cartoon Network: 2
CBS: 2
Starz: 2
ABC: 1
Apple Music: 1
BBC America: 1
Comedy Central: 1
Disney Channel: 1
Nickelodeon: 1
PBS: 1
TBS: 1
TNT: 1
Vimeo: 1
YouTube: 1

Total wins per show
Game of Thrones: 9
Saturday Night Live: 8
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: 8
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: 7
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: 5
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert: 5
RuPaul’s Drag Race: 5
The Crown: 5
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: 4
“USS Callister” (Black Mirror): 4
Westworld: 4
Atlanta: 3
Barry: 3
Godless: 3
Queer Eye: 3
The Handmaid’s Tale: 3
Genius: Picasso: 2
James Corden’s Next James Corden: 2
Jane: 2
The Americans: 2
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell: 2
Will & Grace: 2