Host Seth Meyers noted that the Emmy Awards were held on a Monday night for the first time since 1976.
“People don’t remember the 1976 Emmys because they were held on a Monday,” he cracked.
Not many Western New Yorkers will remember the 2014 Emmys, either.
That’s because the three-hour program carried by Channel 2 had a 9.6 local rating, which likely was the lowest-rated Emmy program in local TV history.
A year ago, the Emmys had a 16.5 rating on Channel 4 when they were carried by CBS almost a month later.
Monday’s telecast peaked with an 11.4 rating on Channel 2 at 10:15 p.m., which was about the time that Billy Crystal did his poignant tribute to the late Robin Williams. At 10:30 p.m., just about the time that “Modern Family” was named best comedy and shortly before “Breaking Bad” was named best drama, ratings plummeted locally.
Meyers’ first joke in his monologue addressed NBC’s decision to air the Emmys on a Monday night in August.
“Which if I understand television, means the Emmys are about to get canceled,” cracked Meyers.
That is an exaggeration, of course. But if the ratings nationally are as low as they were locally, it most likely means the Emmys won’t be carried on a Monday night in August for another 38 years or so.
The good news is the Emmys were at least the top-rated prime time program Monday night here.
However, the rating didn’t approach the rating for the Buffalo Bills awful performance in a 27-14 preseason loss to Tampa Bay carried by Channel 7 on Saturday afternoon and early evening. The game had a 16.0 rating.