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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards took place on Monday, the first time since 1976 that TV's top night has been pushed out of its usual Sunday berth. And not just any Monday, but the last one in August, when TV viewing is not necessarily at the top of many people's to-do list.
This led to predictions of ratings doom-and-gloom, but the final numbers came out surprisingly strong. The three-hour show, which saw top awards go again to
That was down 12% compared with last year's show on
All that counts as a victory, given the circumstances. Even
Alluding to this year's scheduling of the ceremony in TV's pre-
Overall, NBC — which moved the Emmys out of their traditional slot to avoid conflicting with high-rated NFL Sunday games — enjoyed the most-watched night on any network since ABC telecast the
But hold that victory march, TV academy.
This year's Emmys earned mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found the ceremony tame and the winners predictable. Indeed, the top drama and comedy winners were the same as last year's, and most of the honored actors were repeating their triumphant walks onstage too. The only new show to win a major prize was FX's "Fargo," the TV adaptation of the Coen brothers movie, which carried the miniseries category.
A number of partisans took to social media to complain about snubs, especially of
"Netflix was for the most part shut out, as was
On the bright side, many viewers were kind to Meyers — a notable exception toward the general trend of social-media users picking apart every last aspect of a host's performance.
The Times' Mary McNamara wrote that Meyers "did great … [the] opening monologue was funny, fresh and smart, chock-full of good jokes and insight into the wonderful roiling madness that is television today." (Not everyone loved him, though: "You don't feel any passion, personality or vulnerability," the New Yorker wrote of Meyers.)
After the monologue, however, some critics felt the comedy was hit or miss. The suddenly resurgent parodist Weird Al Yankovic sang gag lyrics to
A sight gag that involved putting curvy beauty
Then there was
Then, in a somewhat awkward pre-arranged comic bit, late-night rival
Colbert treated the romp to the dais as a sort of valediction, alluding to the fact that his Comedy Central program will end when he takes over from