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Emmys Broadcast May Be Lowest-Rated In History

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A big loser at this year's Emmy ceremony? The Emmys broadcast, which may have been the least-watched in history.

Preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research put the audience for Sunday's show, aired on Fox, at 13.1 million viewers. That's 3 million fewer than for last year's telecast, on NBC, and less than the record low 13.8 million three years ago on ABC.

One likely reason for Emmy's poor performance: Tough head-to-head competition in much of the country from NBC's National Football League game. About 13.3 million viewers chose to watch the New England Patriots clobber the San Diego Chargers, according to preliminary numbers. (Final audience numbers are expected from Nielsen on Tuesday.)