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ABC caps rebound year with six Emmys

(Posted September 19, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

ABC capped a rebound year with six Emmy Awards on Sunday for hit shows including "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," but it was cable TV's HBO that won the most awards, seven, at U.S. television's top honors.

Walt Disney Co. unit ABC had long lagged rivals NBC and CBS in the viewership before the popular "Housewives" and "Lost" debuted last year, because of its success with the two shows, it was widely considered to be the Emmys frontrunner.

An Emmy win can often attract new viewers to a TV show, which is especially important for broadcasters like ABC who depend on viewership and advertising dollars to boost revenue.

"Lost," a thriller about the survivors of a plane crash who are stuck on deserted island, took home awards for best drama series and best directing. "Housewives" won for best comedy directing and one of the show's stars, Felicity Huffman, won for best lead actress in a comedy.

ABC comedy "Boston Legal" picked up awards for James Spader as best actor and William Shatner as best supporting actor.

In one major surprise, "Housewives" lost the best comedy Emmy to CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which ended its nine-year run last season. CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc. won five Emmys overall, three of which were for "Raymond."

Time Warner Inc. unit HBO took home the most statues thanks to three honors for TV movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," about the late comedian Sellers, and two for TV movie, "Warm Springs," about the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. HBO's movie "Lackawanna Blues" and miniseries "Empire Falls" each took home one award.

Unlike traditional networks, premium cable channel HBO uses the acclaim awards bring to help boost subscription revenue.

General Electric Co. unit NBC took home the least awards of any of the top three networks, winning just two Emmys. Before last season, NBC had long garnered the highest ratings of any other traditional network. This past year, however, the network has had trouble finding its footing since the cancellation of hit comedies "Friends" and "Frasier."

NBC's awards included best actress in a drama series for Patricia Arquette of "Medium" as well as one for its broadcast of the opening ceremony of last year's Olympic Games.

The FOX network, a unit of News Corp. Inc., and cable's Comedy Central also each won two awards. Fox hospital drama "House" won the award for best writing in a drama series and "Arrested Development," a low-rated but critically acclaimed Fox comedy about the family of a jailed businessman, won for best comedy writing.

Including Emmys given out at a non-televised technical awards show last week, HBO took home a total of 27 statues, ABC won 16, CBS won 11, NBC won 10, and Fox won six.

Source: Yahoo! News

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