Record low viewership for Emmy Awards despite Glenn Weiss’ sweet proposal

Claire Foy, Emmys 2018 Winner — The Crown Wins Emmy

The ceremony, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" comedians Michael Che and Colin Jost, got a thumbs down from viewers and television critics alike for weak jokes and a lack of energy.

The Emmy Awards, broadcast live on Monday on NBC, handed their top prizes to cable and streaming shows, with HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" winning the best drama and comedy series statuettes, respectively.

Awards shows in general have faced big drops in audience. "Mrs. Maisel" also won a total of seven other awards, including best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.

Best Drama Actress switched from Elisabeth Moss ("The Handmaid's Tale") to Claire Foy ("The Crown"). Both won 23, including the Creative Arts Emmys.

Che said it was great to celebrate with all of Hollywood, or at least, the people "who haven't gotten caught yet", and Jost later said that Netflix's huge number of nominations was the worst thing a network executive could hear, "Except maybe, 'Sir, Ronan Farrow is on Line 1'".

In a big upset, Bill Hader ("Barry") defeated 2017 victor Donald Glover ("Atlanta") for Best Comedy Actor.

Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", about a 1950s housewife who turns to standup comedy, took home the Emmy for best comedy series.

The Emmys kicked off with a song, "We Solved It", a self-mocking celebration to the diversity of nominees sung by stars including Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson.

Yet the warmest applause came when Glenn Weiss used his acceptance speech for directing the televised 2018 Academy Awards show to propose to his girlfriend in the audience, Jan Svendsen. So thank you, Erica, for putting up with me.

And in one of the most rubber-stamped races at the Emmys, Best Reality-Competition Series where only three shows had ever won in 15 years, "RuPaul's Drag Race" eked out its first victory against four-time champ "The Voice".

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