It turns out the Emmys were not the appointment TV viewers were waiting for.
Airing on FOX, Sunday's telecast slumped to just 5.95 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.
This is down 39% in the demo from NBC's year-ago telecast.
Awards shows, in general, have been sliding in the ratings for years, but this is a worrying drop for what was once a highly rated awards show.
But the erosion may well be attributed to Broadcast-TV losing out in the awards game to Pay TV and streaming providers.
In fact, broadcast tv garnered just 14% of the wins.
Game of Thrones was the big winner, with 12 trophies, followed by Chernobyl with ten wins. Both of those shows are from HBO.
Over in the land of Amazon, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel scored eight wins, while Fleabag secured six.
Elsewhere on the night, NBC's Sunday Night Football scored 16.3 million total viewers and a 5.4 rating.
Big Brother scored an above-average 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating. But this number is expected to come down because of NFL overrun.
Next Sunday will be more interesting with the returns of 60 Minutes, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, God Friended Me, NCIS: Los Angeles, Poldark, Robot Chicken, The Rookie, Shark Tank, and The Simpsons return, as well as the series premieres of Bless the Harts and Godfather of Harlem.
Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.