Cable Wins Big at the Primetime Emmy Awards


Last night was the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and, for the second year in a row, cable programming took well over half of all awards. Trophies went to HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, AMC, BBC America and USA Network. Homeland, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom won for many of the drama categories, while HBO’s VEEP won two of the acting awards for a comedy series. Behind the Candelabra, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, The Colbert Report, The Hour and American Horror Story also received Emmy wins last night. Breaking Bad scored its first win in the highly competitive Outstanding Drama Series category.

By the end of the show, cable took home 18 of the 26 awards, roughly 70% of all Primetime Emmys!

It was a fun-filled show, packed with red carpet hits and misses, funny and heartwarming acceptance speeches, and plenty of surprises.

These awards are further evidence that cable’s model for creating and supporting high-quality, award-winning television that Americans love works. By giving story tellers like Vince Gilligan from Breaking Bad and actors like Julia Louis-Dreyfus the flexibility to take risks and create programming that otherwise would never be possible, cable has opened the doors to some of the best television ever created.

To see more news, images, video, and social conversation from last night’s Emmy Awards, see NCTA’s Emmy Storify page highlighting our favorite moments and wins!

To see full list of winners, click here.