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This year’s Emmys had the lowest ratings ever

onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Emmy Awards host Andy Samberg.Photograph by Kevin Winter — Getty Images

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, had a record low of 11.9 million viewers, the lowest in the history of the awards ceremony, CNN reports.

Last year the Emmys aired on a Monday night in late August and had a total of 15.6 million viewers. The lower ratings this year could partly be due to the fact that the awards had to compete with NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a tasty fixture that pitted the Green Bay Packers against the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game.

The Nielsen rating for the 67th Annual Emmy Awards was a 3.6, which is 14% below last year.

The low viewership is unfortunate considering it was a momentous night for television. Jon Hamm, who has been nominated 16 times, finally won his first Emmy. More importantly, Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series.

Although the awards didn’t have a huge number of television viewers, they received a lot of attention on social media. There were 1 million tweets about the Emmys with over 188 million views. The most tweeted moment was about Davis’ historic win for her role on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.”