HBO, Netflix Tie for Top Emmy Hauls, 'Game of Thrones' Leads All Programs

For the first time, a streaming service claims top honors at the Emmys as Netflix ties HBO for the overall awards lead.
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'Game of Thrones' at the Emmys

HBO is still the Emmy champion — but it has some company at the top.

The streaming era has already turned the TV business upside down, and at the 70th Primetime Emmys on Monday night, streamers staked a claim to awards dominance as well. Netflix tied HBO for the most honors, with each outlet taking home 23 statuettes.

"Tonight's recognition is a tribute to the creativity and talent of thousands of artists and we are thrilled to see their work awarded by the Academy," said Cindy Holland, Netflix's vp of original series. "We are honored to share this night with our friends at HBO, who have paved the way for years by setting the highest possible standard."

Amazon also collected eight awards — all for outstanding comedy series winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — and Hulu four, giving the big three streaming services a combined total of 35 Emmys, three more than in 2017. Amazon quadrupled its haul from a year ago, while Hulu slipped from 10 awards to four. Netflix increased its take by three.

HBO's 23 Emmys are down from 29 a year ago. 

When the Emmy nominations were announced in July, HBO wasn't at the top of the list for the first time since 2000. That honor went to Netflix, which gathered 112 mentions to HBO's 108.  

HBO had the slimmest of leads after the Creative Arts Emmys, with 17 wins to the streamer's 16. With two early wins for the comedy series Barry, HBO took the lead during the primetime ceremony, only for Netflix to regain it with a strong showing in the limited series and movie categories.

The outstanding drama series win for Game of Thrones in the final award of the night created the 23-23 tie.

Thrones went home with nine Emmys, the most for any program, including seven won at the Creative Arts ceremonies. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was the biggest winner during the primetime ceremony with five awards — for outstanding comedy series, lead (Rachel Brosnahan) and supporting actress (Alex Borstein) in a comedy and writing and directing honors for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. It earned eight Emmys overall, tied for second with Saturday Night Live.

SNL added to its all-time Emmy win total on Monday with a victory in the variety sketch series category. It now has 72 wins over its 43 seasons. 

Below are the totals for each program and outlet from both the Creative Arts awards and the 70th Primetime Emmys.

Wins by Program (two or more)

Game of Thrones 9
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
 8
Saturday Night Live 8
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story 7
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 5
The Crown 5
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert 5
RuPaul's Drag Race 5
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 4
USS Callister (Black Mirror) 4
Westworld 4
Atlanta 3
Godless 3
The Handmaid's Tale 3
Queer Eye 3
The Americans 2
Barry 2
Genius: Picasso 2
GLOW 2
James Corden's Next James Corden 2
Jane 2
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell 2
Will & Grace 2

Wins by Outlet (two or more)

HBO 23
Netflix 23
NBC 16
FX Networks 12
Amazon 8
CNN 8
National Geographic 5
VH1 5
Hulu 4
Fox 3
Adult Swim 2
Cartoon Network 2
CBS 2
Starz 2