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Emmys dip in ratings, still win night

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 4:33 PM EDT, Tue August 26, 2014
The winners at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards gave us déjà vu, but at least the show itself was fresh. Host Seth Meyers opened with well-aimed jokes, including some about the Emmys show itself. "This year we're doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August, which if I understand television means the Emmys are about to get canceled," the "Late Night" host quipped. Here are a few other memorable moments: The winners at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards gave us déjà vu, but at least the show itself was fresh. Host Seth Meyers opened with well-aimed jokes, including some about the Emmys show itself. "This year we're doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August, which if I understand television means the Emmys are about to get canceled," the "Late Night" host quipped. Here are a few other memorable moments:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Monday night's show draws 15.6 million viewers
  • Last year's had 17.8 million viewers
  • Monday is first time Emmys hasn't aired on a Sunday night since 1976

(CNN) -- A new night proved not to be a major hindrance to the Emmys.

According to the Los Angles Times, Monday night's NBC telecast of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards saw a slight dip in viewership, with 15.6 million tuning in. Last year's CBS show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was Emmy's most watched ceremony since 2005, with 17.8 million total viewers.

Yet even with the decline the show still won its time slot.

TV By The Numbers reports that the Emmys garnered a 4.2 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. That made it NBC's most successful Monday night programming in the past two years, excluding the Olympics.

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It was the first time the Emmys hasn't aired on a Sunday night since 1976. Last year's show saw robust ratings despite the challenge of going up against series finales of popular cable shows "Dexter" and "Breaking Bad." It also got help from having Sunday night football as a lead-in.

This year's show was hosted by late-night talk show host and former "SNL" funnyman Seth Meyers. On Tuesday, NBC posted footage of Meyers ending the Emmys by participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge.

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