Could a show that opened as Glee-fully as the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards possibly go wrong?
Final Nielsen numbers show last night's Jimmy Fallon-bossed telecast was down double digits from up (!) from last year's Neil Patrick Harris-led revival. The three-hour show averaged 13.5 million, NBC said, the most since 2006.
Pretty good considering, as we said before, comparisons between last night and last year are hardly fair. Last night's show aired during, rather than after, summer vacation, and, for the first time in recent memory, went out live on the West Coast.
Fallon likewise did nicely for himself, running even with Harris in terms of generating goodwill—and great reviews—for his hosting work.
• "Fallon brought an energy to last night's awards show that's long been missing," enthused Media Life.
All of this prompted New York Magazine to ask the musical question, "Were These the Best Emmys Ever?" Its verdict? Like our take on the show's ratings: "Pretty good!"
Now, if only (even) more people had watched, and, you know, Lost had won something… Anything…
(Originally published Aug. 30, 2010 at 11:07 a.m. PT; updated at 1:15 p.m. with final Nielsen figures)
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