In spite of a few freshman darlings boosting the year-to-year Emmy tallies of ABC, CBS and Fox by an average of seven nominations per network, the ratio between cable and broadcast nominees in major categories hasn’t changed drastically since 2009.
Among the 12 drama and comedy series nominees, six come from broadcast and six come from cable. In 2009, among 14 nominees, six nods went to broadcast and eight to cable. While the year-to-year difference isn’t significant, the chances that cable will once again steal the show have diminished slightly.
In the meantime, cable maintained its 4-2 lead in each of the lead actor and actress drama categories, while broadcast had four comedy lead actor nominees to cable’s two for the second consecutive year. Broadcast swept the comedy supporting actor and actress noms this year, a feat they nearly pulled off last year when they took five of six in both categories.
Here’s a breakdown of the 20 broadcast and cable networks that got the most Emmy attention:
For the fourth time in the past five years, ABC emerged with the most nominations among the broadcasters, with 63. Net saw a 15% year-to-year increase in Emmy bids thanks in large part to the first season of “Modern Family,” which received 14 total nominations.
Up three from last year with 26 nominations (the network’s all-time high), AMC garnered the most nods for a basic cable network for the third straight year. Both “Mad Men” (17 nods) and “Breaking Bad” (seven) saw their nomination tally increase year-to-year, by one and two respectively.
Without “Project Runway,” which scored four nods last year for Bravo, the net’s nomination tally dwindled from 11 in 2009 to six noms this year. “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” combined for four nods, but unlike last year, “Top Chef” was left out of the reality host category.
The short-format animated program category was, not surprisingly, right in Cartoon Network’s wheelhouse. Not only did the net grab four of six nods, its online counterpart took one of the remaining slots, leaving Disney Channel as the lone competitor. Net scored an additional three nods elsewhere to push its nom tally to seven, compared with last year’s three.
The Eye posted its highest nomination total since 2005 with 57, a 16% increase from 2009. Rookie series “The Good Wife” led the way with nine nods, including a bid for drama series — marking the first time a new broadcast show has broken into the category since NBC’s “Heroes” in 2007.
The laff channel dropped five nominations compared to last year, from 13 to eight. Contributing to the shortfall were the loss of “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All,” which earned three bids last year, along with one less nod for “The Daily Show” and the departure of Sarah Silverman (“The Sarah Silverman Project”) from the lead comedy actress category.
It’s been two years since “Friday Night Lights” was saved from cancellation thanks to an arrangement between NBC and DirecTV, and now the satcaster is reaping the rewards. Nominations to lead acting talents Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler helped DirecTV jump from one bid in 2009 to four.
Thanks largely to the 11-part documentary “Life,” Discovery saw its nomination tally double in the past year, from seven to 14. The net’s most-watched premiere since 2000 earned six nods, followed by “Deadliest Catch,” which drew the same four bids it earned in 2009.
Up from three nominations last year to five, Disney claimed four of the five spots in the children’s program category this year. In 2009, the Mouse House also dominated the category when it took two of the three slots. As in 2009, Disney’s sole competition in the category is Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” starring Miranda Cosgrove.
Fox originally placed fourth among the broadcast nets, but with fact-checkers finding visual effects nominee “Virtuality” missing from its nomination tally, the net moved one ahead of NBC with 48 noms — compared to 43 a year ago. But where would Fox be without “Glee,” which supplied 19 noms on its own?
While “Damages” earned the most nods for FX, receiving five of the net’s nine bids this year, it did shed two of its ’09 noms. Despite strong notices, freshman drama “Justified” garnered only one nod, as did retiring series “Nip/Tuck,” which had two last year.
Receiving the most nominations of any network for the 10th year in a row HBO, noms inched up from 99 in 2009 to 101 this year — the first time since 2004 that the pay cabler exceeded 100 noms, when “Angels in America” dominated among the net’s 124 nominations. This year, 10-part WWII miniseries “The Pacific” led the way with 24 bids.
Like last year, one program dominated History’s nomination tally, which inched upward from five in ’09 to six in ’10. Six-part, 12-hour series “America: The Story Of Us” wrapped its flag around four nods — the same number of bids that the channel’s Emmy-winning 9/11 special “102 Minutes That Changed America” received a year ago.
Biopic “Georgia O’Keeffe” helped paint a record 11 nods for Lifetime, up from last year’s five. While the female-oriented channel is used to made-for-TV movie noms, the addition of “Project Runway” to its lineup upgraded the net as a reality competitor. “Runway” earned two nods, down from last year’s four.
The Peacock took a bath at the Emmys compared to 2009, dropping from 67 to 47 thanks in part to the Jay Leno goose egg at 10 p.m. (though Conan O’Brien’s brief “Tonight Show” reign delivered four). Comedies “30 Rock” and “The Office” came through with 15 and four nominations respectively, but even they dropped by seven and five bids compared with ’09.
With 32 nominations, PBS bested its year-ago tally by six. As in 2009, the net received multiple nods in categories including nonfiction series, supporting actor in a miniseries/movie and nonfiction writing. And for the second consecutive year, the pubcaster produced one of two projects deemed worthy of miniseries contention: “Return to Cranford.”
Despite going from 29 noms in 2009 to 23 this year, Showtime had a network-record eight for first-time eligible “Nurse Jackie.” “Dexter” was up by five nods and the net was represented in the drama, comedy and lead acting categories.
Despite the loss of last year’s five-time Emmy nominee “Battlestar Galactica,” Syfy managed to maintain its six-nod tally from last year. In special visual effects for a series, the cabler found three nods, similar to last year when it also saw multiple nods in the same category.
In a year when the network and the Emmys bid farewell to Holly Hunter, Kyra Sedgwick is back for the fifth time in a row, thanks to her leading role in “The Closer.” Yet without Hunter and or any recognition in the miniseries/made-for categories, TNT tumbled from 10 noms in 2009 to three (all for acting).
Just like last year, USA drew four nods from the Academy. While the cabler hoped in vain for “In Plain Sight” and “White Collar” major category noms, “Burn Notice” ignited its first acting nod (Sharon Gless), and for the eighth consecutive and final year, Tony Shalhoub was recognized for his lead role in “Monk.”