Emmy Awards hit all-time low in TV ratings

Ratings for the 71st annual Emmy Awards gala on Sunday night dropped 23 percent from last year's ceremony, according to early Nielsen data, Deadline reported Monday.

The 2018 Emmys had previously set the record for lowest-rated.

The awards show, which aired on Fox, was host-less for the first time in decades. It scored a preliminary rating of 5.7 in metered market results, Deadline reported.


Hollywood awards shows have been criticized in recent years for taking on an increasingly political tone.

Last month, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE mocked the annual Oscars ceremony.

"The Academy Awards is on hard times now," Trump said during a speech in Pennsylvania. "You know why?" he asked the crowd. "Because they started taking us on. Everyone got tired of it."

A handful of politically charged moments dotted the acceptance speeches of Sunday's Emmy winners.

Patricia Arquette, accepting an award in the best supporting actress in a limited series category for her role in "The Act," pushed for transgender rights in her remarks.

"They're human beings. Let’s give them jobs and let's get rid of this bias that we have everywhere," Arquette said.

Actress Michelle Williams drew attention to the Hollywood pay gap after snagging a trophy for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Fosse/Verdon."

"The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her," Williams said.

Some of "Succession" showrunner Jesse Armstrong's acceptance speech was reportedly censored when he made a reference Sunday to the Trump administration's immigration policies.

"Quite a lot of British winners. Maybe too many. Maybe you should have a think about those immigration restrictions," Armstrong said after winning in the Best Writing for a Drama Series category. He then repeated the phrase "shithole countries" — the same term Trump reportedly used to refer to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations in comments last year.