Netflix Stuns HBO: Emmy Nominations by the Numbers

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'Game of Thrones' was the most nominated program, but HBO, for the first time in 18 years, did not lead the pack. Plus how the studios fared.

For the first time in 18 years, there is a new leader at the top of the most nominated network list at the Primetime Emmys as streaming behemoth Netflix on Thursday collected 112 total nominations, topping HBO's 108 and delivering a loud statement on the state of the industry in the Peak TV world.

Last year, HBO garnered 111 noms to lead the pack, besting Netflix's 91. Those fortunes were erased this year, despite the fact that HBO's Game of Thrones was the most nominated series (22), with the pay cabler's Westworld tying NBC's Saturday Night Live for second place with 21 overall.

"HBO is very pleased with its 108 nominations, especially the wide range over so many categories. We’re grateful to all our nominees for making this the eighth year we’ve had 100 nominations or more. We look forward to Sept. 17th," HBO said in a statement.

Netflix's most nominated program was The Crown (13), with Godless and Stranger Things close behind with 12 apiece. Working in the streamer's favor was the fact that HBO did not have a strong limited series to compete in the category that saw Big Little Lies sweep the genre last year.

“We congratulate our creative partners on their unprecedented success today, garnering Netflix a leading 112 nominations,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “We are particularly enthused to see the breadth of our programming celebrated with nominations spread across 40 new and returning titles which showcase our varied and expansive slate — comedies, dramas, movies, limited series, documentary, variety, animation and reality.”

Here's a look at the 2018 Emmy nominations by the numbers.

Nominations by network (10 or more):

Netflix 112
HBO 108
NBC 78
FX Networks 50
CBS 35
ABC 31
Hulu 27
Amazon 22
Showtime 21
National Geographic 17
Fox 16
VH1 12
CNN 10

Nominations by program (five or more):

Game of Thrones  22
Saturday Night Live  21
Westworld  21
The Handmaid's Tale  20
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story  18
Atlanta 16
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  14
Barry 13
The Crown 13
Jesus Christ Superstar Live  13
Godless  12
Stranger Things  12
GLOW  10
RuPaul's Drag Race  10
The Voice  10
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver  9
Twin Peaks  9
The Oscars  8
This Is Us  8
American Horror Story: Cult  7
Genius: Picasso  7
Jane  7
Silicon Valley  7
USS Callister (Black Mirror)  7
The Alienist  6
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown  6
Dancing With the Stars  6
Black-ish  5
Blue Planet II  5
The Defiant Ones  5
Fahrenheit 451  5
Ozark  5
Patrick Melrose  5
So You Think You Can Dance  5
Wild Wild Country  5
Will & Grace  5

Nominations by studio: 

HBO Entertainment/HBOFilms 108
20th Century Fox TV/Fox 21 TV Studios 59
Universal TV 51
Warner Bros. TV/Warner Horizon 44
FX Productions 43
Netflix 31
Sony Pictures TV 26
CBS TV Studios 23
Amazon Studios 23
BBC 16
ABC Studios 14
Paramount TV 11
Universal Cable Productions 4
AMC Studios 1

Source: TV Academy