Emmys Ratings Were An All Time Low: Is SNL To Blame?
The Emmy this year weren’t as glamorous as we would have expected. In fact, television’s biggest night was really not that big at all. The Emmys were able to pull together a very low record of audience. And it was 10.2 million people which is about 11% less than the previous two years. But people are wondering what made the Emmys this year a failure in television history. And speculation has it that it’s probably due to the overwhelming representation of Saturday Night Live. Not to pick on SNL, but it definitely looks like the show is to blame for low Emmys ratings.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes Over Emmys
Unfortunately, all the Emmys did this year was bore the viewers with a three-hour long NBC’s self-congratulatory slog. To make it worse, there was the SNL talent parade. And that’s probably the very reason why Emmys got a low rating this year.
The hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost presented a monologue which was no different than a regular episode of Saturday Night Live. Almost everything from the hosting to the presenters to the performers, producers and winners was dominated by Saturday Night Live. Apart from the hosting, SNL cast members kept making appearances on the stage throughout. Firstly, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson opened the show with their song-and-dance number. Then, Tina Fey, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Will Ferrell and Andy Samberg all spoke during the ceremony. Even, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph took the stage in the show’s recurring comedy segment. The show also secured several victories for itself at Emmys 2018. It won the best variety show. And it’s former talents John Mulaney and Bill Hader won the author and acting awards.
Further, the Emmys this year were chosen as a platform to promote SNL’s season 44 premiere. The announcement of Adam Driver as the host, and Kanye West as the musical guest was made. And the award show was nothing more than a promo for the new episodes. Maybe, since the material presented at Emmys was an unfortunate publicity for Saturday Night Live, the show is getting all the blame for the low ratings. Ironically, during a break, a commercial for SNL was aired. But well, did we really need that and wasn’t it everything that the audience was already listening to in the ceremony? Maybe, it was not SNL taking over the show which really plunged the ratings that low. But instead the failure of fulfilling the one job of making it funny.
The Emmys really need to step up their game for next year. Because seriously, the ratings just could not stoop lower.