by Joyce Eng
Jimmy Kimmel and Neil Patrick Harris
Sunday’s 65th Primetime Emmy Awards is on track to hit a seven-year high.
The Neil Patrick Harris-hosted telecast, which clocked in at three hours and 15 minutes, averaged 17.6 million viewers and a 4.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers. The show was delayed for about five minutes because of a football overrun.
It’s the ceremony’s best rating since Conan O’Brien hosted in 2006 and biggest audience since Ellen DeGeneres hosted in 2005, and marks a 10 percent improvement from last year’s Jimmy Kimmel-fronted telecast.
Sunday Night Football won the night with 18.7 million viewers and a 6.9.