The Emmys Tanked

Shockingly, Ryan Seacrest emerging from his closet did nothing to help the Emmys score in the ratings. In fact, Emmy ratings haven’t been this low since 1990. Maybe it was that whole weird rock concert setting. Who wants to look at Ryan Seacrest’s ass as he talks to the other side of the auditorium? Not me. And I’m into that sort of thing as a general rule.

… the Nielsen overnights indicate that Sunday’s Emmy Awards telecast averaged 13.06 million total viewers. That skinny sample represents not only an 18 percent drop from last year’s pre-Labor Day installment but, much more dubiously, the show’s smallest audience since 1990 (when about 12.3 mil people watched as L.A. Law and Murphy Brown won for best drama and comedy). Even Fox itself, in its just-released ratings spin, cops to the fact that the Emmys ranked No. 2 to NFL Football among adults 18-49, 18-34 and teens.

Since “L.A. Law”? I think my grandpa watched that show! In short pants! Damn, Candice Bergen was on ages ago! Maybe they SHOULD have had Britney on to apologize. It would have made absolutely no sense, but neither does that whole “don’t forget the lyrics” weird bullshit thing they did. She could have stumbled about, fell into the audience, and given that Munsters-looking guy from “Everybody Loves Raymond” a cheap thrill.

More photos (Eva Longoria, Kiefer Sutherland, Ali Larter, Kathrine Heigl, TR Knight, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventiglimia, Jamie Pressley, and more) from the Emmy telecast are after the jump.