Emmys 2014: 2nd-highest ratings in eight years despite Monday telecast

Considering that the show aired on the last Monday in August, the ratings for the 66th Emmy Awards ceremony weren't bad at all.

An average of 15.6 million total viewers tuned in to NBC's three-hour telecast, according to Nielsen.

That was down 12% compared with last year's show on CBS. But that show took place during late September, when TV usage is higher, and also benefited from a pro-football lead-in.

NBC scheduled the Emmys on a Monday to avoid conflicting with its Sunday night NFL lineup.

Even so, the ratings were the second-highest since 2006, when 16.2 million tuned in.

Hosted by Seth Meyers, this year's show earned mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found the ceremony tame and the winners predictable. The top comedy and drama programs were again "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" -- as they were last year.

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