Emmys Early Ratings Sink 20 Percent From Last Year

Comparable 2014 awards show took place on a Monday in August

Last Updated: September 21, 2015 @ 3:35 PM

The 67th Emmy Awards crashed fairly hard in overnight ratings, down 20 percent from 2014.

In comparison, last year’s broadcast took place on an August NBC Monday, and not a September Fox Sunday. As such, the best-of-TV event had a solid “Sunday Night Football” game to contend with over on NBC this year, which helps explain the drop.

Sunday night’s awards show landed an 8.7 rating/14 share versus a 10.9/18 last year on Aug. 25.

On NBC, the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game posted 16.3/27 overnight — nearly doubling the very preliminary Emmys figures. The football game marked NBC’s second-best Week 2 totals ever — behind a 16.5/27, New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys contest from 2009 — and was up 16 percent from the same slot in 2014 (Chicago-San Francisco’s 14.0/23).

Fast national numbers should be out around 11 a.m. ET.