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Emmys hit new low as just 11.9 million viewers tune in

/ 08:20 AM September 22, 2015
Host Andy Samberg prepares to present a coffee mug to Lorne Michaels at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Host Andy Samberg prepares to present a coffee mug to Lorne Michaels at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. AP

NEW YORK, United States — And the winner wasn’t the Emmys — at least, when it came to the viewership.

Nielsen says Sunday’s three-hour special on Fox averaged just 11.9 million viewers, making it the least-watched Emmycast in history.

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Last year, when it aired on a Monday in late August on NBC, it logged 15.6 million viewers. In 2013, 17.8 million viewers tuned in for CBS’ broadcast, teamed with an NFL game as a powerful lead-in.

This year’s Emmy show likewise had football as a lead-in. But the Emmys faced football as direct competition, too, thanks to NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which doubtless dragged down the Emmy audience.

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The program, airing from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, was hosted by Andy Samberg.

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