Each year the Emmy awards are presented to “recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media,” according to the Television Academy. Excellence presents itself in programs both large and small, and many of the shows nominated for awards this year are lesser-known programs or niche specials. The most highly anticipated awards will be those coveted by the widely watched series that viewers love the most.
The 71st Emmy Awards will be held this year on Sunday, September 22, on FOX. For many television fans, the ceremony will offer a chance to see the cast and crew behind their favorite programs win awards for their work.
24/7 Tempo has identified the 50 most popular shows nominated for awards at this year’s Emmys, based on the number of user ratings on the movie and television info site Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the overall rating for each series, and the number of views each show’s Wikipedia page has received over the past year.
Some of the most popular Emmy-nominated shows have been on the air for years thanks to their large followings. Many of these programs have already won numerous Emmy awards and been nominated frequently over the years. These are the TV shows with the most Emmy wins of all time.
Other shows have been on the air for much shorter amounts of time but have still drawn attention for their exceptional quality. Shows including “Fleabag,” “Chernobyl,” and “The Umbrella Academy” only received their first nominations this year yet rank among the most popular programs. These shows appear on Amazon, Netflix, and HBO. Here are the best original HBO series.
To identify the 50 most popular Emmy-nominated shows, 24/7 Tempo developed an index based on the number of IMDb ratings, the overall user rating, and Wikipedia page views for TV shows nominated for at least one Emmy award this year. Overall ratings for TV series were used for episodes nominated separately. Total Wikipedia page views cover the past 12 months.
A nonprofit organization, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Television Academy) runs the Emmy Awards, an annual event. This year, 191 programs received at least one nomination. Past Emmy wins and nominations were obtained from the Emmy website.