Streaming services Netflix and Apple TV+ saw a first at Emmys 2021, winning top series honours and cementing their rise to prominence in the television industry.
Netflix's British royal drama and Star Wars TV series on Disney+ topped Emmy nominations with 24 nods each.
The huge decline in ratings is enough for television executives to worry about whether this is just pandemic-related or if they can no longer depend on these traditional attention-getting events.
The announcement was expected given the restrictions and lockdowns imposed since the virus outbreak which has wreaked havoc in the entertainment industry.
Netflix leads the nominations list with a record 160 nominations followed by HBO with 107.
Leaving Neverland, a documentary on alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson, clinched an Emmy award while RuPaul was named best reality show host.
Harper won four Emmy awards playing Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic 1970s TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her own spinoff sitcom.
HBO says the record-breaking final season drew 43 million viewers on average for each episode in the United States alone, an increase of 10 million over Season 7 in 2017.
Stephen Hillenburg conceived, wrote, produced and directed the animated series that began in 1999 and bloomed into hundreds of episodes, movies and a Broadway show.
“Game of Thrones,” HBO’s biggest hit ever with some 30 million viewers in the US and an army of devoted fans worldwide, will premiere the eighth and final season in April.
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