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Sunday Ratings: Emmys Improve, Football Scores

Neil Patrick Harris at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards

The winners might not have changed, but the numbers did. One year after seeing its lowest scores on record, the Emmys actually showed (some) improvement.

CBS’ airing Primetime Emmy Awards averaged 13.3 million (4.2/11 in 18-49) over the three-hour telecast. That’s an increase of 8% in the viewers and 11% in the key demos. While it’s hard to pinpoint a reason for the uptick, many have attributed the rising numbers to host Neil Patrick Harris.

Meanwhile, an entirely different competition was taking place over at NBC. The close battle between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys sacked approximately 22.4 million viewers (16.5/27). That now stands as NBC’s best overnight score ever from the series.

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Best and Worst of 2009 Television: Emmy Fashion Highlights

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Award Shows, Prime Time, Specials, Gossip,

Emmy award

We know who won the awards for best drama series, miniseries, variety show, dramatic actress…all of that. But who wins the title of Best Dressed at the ? For the best and worst of television fashion, the red carpet is the only place to look.

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The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

61st Annual Emmy Awards

Could the be another year for firsts?

Around this same time last September, the execs of basic cable were thrilled to see one of their own finally win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (Mad Men). Meanwhile, producers of reality fare saw an award given to one of their hosts (Jeff Probst). So which other category could be covered during this round? Animation.

For the first time since 1961 (when The Flintstones were still on air), an animated program has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. So will Family Guy finally go where The Simpsons has never gone before? Not if the six other contenders have anything to say about it!

So who won? Who lost? Which funnyman took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor since Jeremy Piven wasn’t even nominated? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!

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This Week on TV (9/14-9/20)

The Biggest Loser

(Make sure to check out TV Envy’s Programming Schedule.)


MONDAY (9/14)

Season premieres: Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke, Gossip Girl, The Jay Leno Show, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, One Tree Hill, Oprah, Lincoln Heights, The Steve Wilkos Show

  • Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings):  Season premiere. “ talks to Oprah—and no topic is off-limits. The back-to-back, two-day event begins Monday, September 14.” Explaining the “doodie bubble” incident with Bobby could actually take a lifetime.
  • One Tree Hill (CW, 8pm):  Season premiere. “Nathan faces a career-threatening accusation with the help of his new sports agent.” A few kinds acts with PETA later, and he’s back in the game.
  • Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke (VH1, 10pm):  Series premiere. “This reality series about comic Eddie Griffin’s financial foibles opens with his accountant explaining that he’s spending far more than he’s bringing in because of the many people he supports.” By the end of Season 1, one family member will have to pack up their knives while another will have their torch snuffed.

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2009 Primetime Emmy Nominations

2009 Emmy nominations

Bright and early this morning, Chandra Wilson and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Just like last year, we saw many first-timers named and a long list of cable acknowledgements (for both pay and basic channels). Thanks to expanded categories, we also saw a number of surprises (Flight of the Conchords, ) and overdue nominations (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love).

For the second year in a row, , with its 16 nominations, topped all drama programs. Meanwhile, 30 Rock broke comedy records with a whopping 22 noms. Overall, HBO was the most-nominated network with 99 mentions while NBC - yes, NBC - came in second.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Sept. 20 on CBS.


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