Emmys make a comeback

September 20, 2005|By zap2it.com

After last year's moribund showing, ratings for the Emmy Awards had little else to do but go up. So it's not much of a surprise that they did.

The gains were impressive, though, stopping a two-year erosion in viewers for the awards that reached distressing proportions last year.

The Emmys, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and airing on CBS, averaged about 18.6 million viewers over the course of the three-hour telecast, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen (final numbers won't be out until today). That's the biggest audience for the awards since the 2002 ceremony, which drew close to 20 million viewers on NBC.

It's also a huge improvement over last year's Emmys, which brought in only 13.79 million viewers - the worst showing since 1990. The 2004 awards took a double hit by giving a bundle of awards to programs most of the audience had never seen (HBO's Angels in America, Arrested Development) on a network not many people were watching at the time (ABC, pre-Lost and Desperate Housewives). That wasn't the case this year, as the awards played out on top-rated network CBS, and a number of big shows, including ABC's two freshman hits and CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond, were up for the major awards.

The show's ratings among adults 18-49 also took a big jump, improving 30 percent to 6.0 over last year's 4.6.

EMMY WINNERS

For those who received early editions of The Sun yesterday, a more complete list of 2005 Emmy winners follows:

Comedy series:

Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Drama series:

Lost, ABC

Variety, music or comedy series:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

Miniseries:

The Lost Prince, PBS

Made-for-TV Movie:

Warm Springs, HBO

Reality-Competition Program:

The Amazing Race, CBS

Lead actor in a comedy series:

Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA

Lead actress in a comedy series:

Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives, ABC

Lead actor in a drama series:

James Spader, Boston Legal, ABC

Lead actress in a drama series:

Patricia Arquette, Medium, NBC

Supporting actor in a comedy series:

Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Supporting actress in a comedy series:

Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Supporting actor in a drama series:

William Shatner, Boston Legal, ABC

Supporting actress in a drama series:

Blythe Danner, Huff, Showtime

Lead actor in a miniseries or movie:

Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, HBO

Lead actress in a miniseries or movie:

S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues, HBO

Supporting actor in a miniseries or movie:

Paul Newman, Empire Falls, HBO

Supporting actress in a miniseries or movie:

Jane Alexander, Warm Springs, HBO

Individual performance in a variety or music program:

Hugh Jackman, The 58th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

For more Emmy coverage, go online to baltimoresun.com/emmy

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