USA audience for Emmy Awards show hits record low

Claire Foy, Emmys 2018 Winner — The Crown Wins Emmy

But for the mugging of hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che and a number of drop-ins by their "Saturday Night Live" cast mates, NBC wasn't particularly well represented on the dais; of the broadcast-high 16 nominations the network received in the televised categories, it came away with just one piece of hardware, for Best Variety Sketch Series.

"Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award Monday at a ceremony that largely slighted its most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever.

"Writing for these actors behind us is the honour of a lifetime", said the show's co-creator David Benioff. It won 23 awards, tying with HBO. The decline is tied in part to the rise of streaming and on-demand services that have led to less appointment television watching.

Claire Foy beat presumed front runner Elisabeth Moss, star of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama The Crown.

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Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", about a 1950s housewife who turns to standup comedy, took home the Emmy for best comedy series. Sure, there are still actors like Louis-Dreyfus who keep winning: she claimed her first three Emmys for Best Comedy Actress under the old voting system (2012-2014), but she won the next three even as voting was changing (2015-2017). "Hope you're excited about that - because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is a bunch of people losing their inhibitions at a work function", Jost said to hearty laughs. "Because I want to call you my wife", he added to cheers, applause and a few teary-eyed actors in the audience.

During the Primetime telecast, Netflix won 7 Emmys, HBO won 6, Amazon won 5, and FX won 5.

Other highlights of the night included Thandie Newton dropping an F-bomb in a glorious speech during her win for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series.

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