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Ratings: Emmys Post Highest Demo in Seven Years

Sep 23, 2013 02:54 PM ET
by Joyce Eng

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Sunday’s 65th Primetime Emmy Awards is on track to hit a seven-year high. 

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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. 

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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.