BO is on the rise! The network and its online companion HBO Max were the most successful platforms at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 12 major accolades together at the event held in Los Angeles earlier this week.
The ceremony – moved (as it would turn out rather awkwardly) to a Monday in order to allow for Sunday Night Football coverage – saw several acclaimed TV and streaming series – well, mostly streaming – continue their winning streak. But he was a newcomer The White Lotus who emerged as the biggest winner of the evening.
The first season of HBO’s anthology comedy-drama about resort chain employees and guests picked up five major trophies (out of a total of ten wins, including honors presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this this month). The show won in the limited directing/anthology (Mike White), writing (Mike White), and acting (Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge) categories.
Elsewhere, beloved Apple TV+ sports comedy Ted Lasso (4 major wins) and HBO’s satirical comedy-drama Succession (3 major wins) continued to charm the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A notable presence was also squid games – Netflix’s most-watched series by the struggling streamer of all time – which made history with the triumphs of creator Hwang Dong-hyuk (who won the drama directing Emmy, making him the first Asian person and Korean to win the accolade) and star Lee Jung-jae (who became the first Asian to win Best Dramatic Actor).
As for the awards show itself, the ceremony that no one apparently wanted to hold – Chris Rock, Dwayne Johnson, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers apparently weren’t interested in the gig – ended up being led by Kenan Thompson, who, despite a shaky start with a sprawling opening sequence that paid homage to iconic TV shows, was a charming presence as emcee. But even his best efforts weren’t able to save the series from its dismal fate. The numbers fell to an all-time low this year, making it the least viewed ceremony in Emmy history, with just 5.92 million people tuning in to watch the show in the United States.
Public interest in awards shows in general has dropped in recent years. Plus, the broadcast was also beaten in ratings by Monday Night Football (which averaged nearly 20 million viewers), so it turns out that scheduling the Emmys against the NFL’s season opener doesn’t may not have been the smartest decision after all!