Netflix Captures Most Emmy Nods Title From HBO

After dramatically closing the gap with long-time Emmy nomination leader HBO last year, Netflix came up on top for the first time, just five and a half years after officially entering the original scripted series space with the launch of House Of Cards.

Even with its first big Emmy contender not in the running after HOC‘s final season was delayed (and almost derailed) by inappropriate behavior allegations against original star Kevin Spacey, Netflix still led the network pack this year with a total of 112 nominations, up from 91 last year and 54 in 2016. It ended HBO’s 17-year streak as No.1.

HBO and Netflix completely dominated the best comedy and drama field, with HBO claiming five of the 12 nominees — Game of Thrones, Westworld, Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Silicon Valley –– and Netflix four — Stranger Things, The Crown, GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

While far behind leader Netflix, the other two established SVOD players, Hulu, who claimed the first best series win for a streamer last year with Handmaid’s Tale, and Amazon/Prime Video, continue to gain ground. Hulu nabbed 27 noms, up from 18 in 2017, including 20 for Handmaid’s Tale. Prime Video took home 22, up from 16, including 14 for the Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and despite the hit its Emmy darling Transparent took over the sexual harassment allegations against star, Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor, who was not submitted this year. It was a new high mark for both Hulu and Amazon/Prime Video. For the first time, they both edged a major broadcast network in Emmy nominations, Fox (16), whose hot new drama series 9-1-1 was snubbed.

While CBS also increased its Emmy nomination tally from 2017, ABC and Fox were down year-to-year while the CW was shut out. And with Modern Family being shut out from the comedy series and acting categories for the first time, the broadcast networks slipped to 2 entrants in the top series categories — This Is Us for best drama and ABC’s Black-ish for best comedy — tying an all-time low.

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