According to early Nielsen numbers, the 2011 Emmys were right on par with last year's NBC-produced telecast. TV By the Numbers reports that Sunday's 63rd Annual Emmy Awards garnered a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49, up from last year's 4.1. Although the total number of viewers was slightly down (12.4 million versus 13.5 million), it's still a pretty strong performance.
One thing to note: The 2010 ceremony was held earlier, which means that Sunday Night Football wasn't on yet to compete with the awards show. Last night, football grabbed a 9.2 adults 18-49 rating and 21.5 million viewers. But what would Fox's ratings have been like if the Emmys had been held at the end of August?
Melissa McCarthy, 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Modern Family' won big at Sunday's ceremony, which was hosted by 'Glee' star (and nominee) Jane Lynch. Check out Lynch's opening number from the ceremony below.
*Jane Lynch's best zingers from the 2011 ceremonyJane Lynch, HostJimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, PresentersJulie Bowen, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTy Burrell, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWill Arnett and Zooey Deschanel, PresentersPeter Dinklage, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesLea Michele, Ian Somerhalder, PresentersLonely Island, Musical ActJon Stewart (Winner) on Sofia Vergara and Rob Lowe (Presenters)Kyle Chandler, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesEntourage, PresentersMelissa McCarthy, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesCharlie Sheen, PresenterSteve Bodow and 'Daily Show' Writers, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy SeriesSteve Levitan, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series