2020 Emmys Hit All-Time Low in Viewership, Moral Content

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2020 Emmys Hit All-Time Low in Viewership, Moral Content

By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer

The Emmys hit an all-time low Sunday, both in viewership and in the series that took home awards.

A mere 6.1 million people tuned in to watch the 2020 Emmys, the lowest number ever, according to Variety.

Likewise, the series that were highlighted and won awards aren’t exactly family friendly.

SCH*TT’$ CREEK, a Canadian series that can be found on Netflix, took home all seven awards in the comedy department.

Movieguide® hasn’t reviewed the series, but according to IMDb, the storyline is as follows:

“When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset—Sch*tt’s Creek, an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke.”

Zendaya (SPIDER MAN: FAR FROM HOME), who won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Rue in HBO’s EUPHORIA, made history as the youngest actress to ever win.

Movieguide® also hasn’t reviewed EUPHORIA, however the series focuses on a group of teenagers dealing with the issues of drugs, sex and violence.

The show contains excessive nudity and pornographic sex scenes, Movieguide® previously reported.

Another HBO series, SUCCESSION, also won big.

The show won the Outstanding Drama Series award, along with a few of the actors taking home awards for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor In a Drama Series.

Other series that won were HBO’s WATCHMEN BAD EDUCATION. BAD EDUCATION beat out Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: THESE OLD BONES, which was awarded a Movieguide® Award.

Interestingly, the series the television academy honored weren’t popular compared to shows on cable television.

WATCHMEN averaged 1.285 million viewers while the season two finale of SUCCESSION averaged 1.1 million viewers across all platforms.

In contrast NCIS averaged 15.34 million viewers, followed by FBI with 12.55 million viewers and BLUE BLOODS with 11.96 million viewers. The top-rated comedy, YOUNG SHELDON, averaged 11.45 million viewers.

Mark Ruffalo, who won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Movie for HBO’s I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, shared some heartfelt words during his acceptance speech.

However, the Avenger actor’s words would’ve meant more if they came from a Christian worldview and didn’t turn political with the impending election on the horizon.

Ruffalo said,

“Our story is about family. It’s about a man who’s fighting for his brother, who’s living with mental illness. It’s a story that’s common throughout so much of the United States and the world today, and it asks a big question: How are we going to deal, and honor, and take care of each other, and our most vulnerable people? We do that with love and compassion, and we do that by fighting for them, and that’s what we have to do today.”

“We have to come together with love for each other, and if you have privilege, you have to fight for those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable. That’s what’s great about America, our diversity, and the one thing I’ve learned in my family is that we are stronger together, when we love each other and we respect each other’s diversity.

“We have a big, important moment ahead of us. Are we going to be a country of division and hatred, a country only for a certain kind of people, or are we going to be one of love and strength, fighting so all of us have the American dream? That’s what we’re facing right now, so go out and vote for compassion and kindness.”

Perhaps some Movieguide® readers watched the Emmys, but if the numbers prove anything, many of you did not.

Thankfully, there’s an annual award show that doesn’t cause headaches—the Movieguide® Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry —which highlight faith and family values.

Let us know what redemptive content you’ve seen this year that you’d like to see represented at the 2021 Movieguide® Awards!


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