TV Ratings: NBC gets top-rated Monday Night Emmys since 1976

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 25, 2014.

Airing on an atypical Monday in August, the Primetime Emmy Awards delivered primetime-winning numbers for NBC, despite the repetitive nature of the big winners. 

Per NBC, fast nationals for the Emmys telecast were down from last year's show, which benefited from an inflated NFL lead-in, but they were up from the 2012 telecast. In fact, NBC is claiming that these were the second highest ratings Emmys in preliminary metered market ratings in the past eight years.

We will, of course, have more accurate figures later, but if Seth Meyers' claim that these were the first Monday Emmys since 1976 was correct, then we're confident saying this was the highest rated Monday Emmys telecast since 1976.

The Emmys had only limited impact on the competition. FOX's “MasterChef” dropped in viewers but was flat in the key demo, while “Hotel Hell” maybe even rose a hair in the demo. ABC's “Mistresses” was up week-to-week and CBS' “Under the Dome” posted only a small drop. On The CW, “America's Next Top Model” was down, but only a hair.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.8 rating for Monday night, easily tops in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 1.8 key demo rating, followed by ABC's 1.2 key demo rating and the 1.1 key demo rating for CBS. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 13.78 million viewers and an 8.7 rating/15 share for Monday primetime, far ahead of the 5.035 million viewers and 3.3/5 for CBS. FOX was third with 4.62 million viewers and a 2.8/5, followed by ABC's 4.155 million viewers and 2.9/5. The CW averaged a 0.7/1 and 1.16 million viewers.