September 23, 2013 8:11am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Emmys Bring in 17.6 Million Viewers, Biggest Audience Since 2005
Sunday's CBS telecast of the 2013 Emmys jumped 33 percent from last year's audience, with final returns giving the kudos 17.6 million viewers -- its highest viewership since 2005. That year the show did not have to go up against football.
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The show, which clocked in at 3 hours and 15 minutes, saw one of the strongest lead-ins in recent memory thanks to football coverage running right up until the 8:00 p.m. ET start time, bleeding into the hour by a couple minutes. Averaging a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49, the show also jumped 26 percent from last year's final demo figures (3.9 adults). CBS estimates a whopping 40 million tuned into the broadcast at one point or another.
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Sunday Night Football naturally topped the Emmys, with early figures giving the game a 6.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.7 million viewers. That adults rating, likely to rise in finals, is 7 percent down from last week's outing. The three installments of Football Night in America averaged a 1.8, 2.5 and 5.0 adults rating. NBC averaged a 5.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 15.2 million viewers.
More NFL overrun and animation encores brought a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.6 million viewers.
ABC's encore block averaged a 0.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers.
Univision brought in a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers, while Telemundo averaged a 0.4 in the demo and 856,000.