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Emmy Ratings Regain Strength

(Posted September 19, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( 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 Tuesday). 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.

Source: zap2it

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