Predicting the 2016 Emmys by the Numbers

by Paige Albiniak  |  09.15.2016

The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are Sunday night, so let’s take a look at the numbers to make some predictions.

HBO is once again this year’s most nominated network with 94 total mentions. HBO also airs this year’s most-nominated show, Game of Thrones, with 23, down just one from last year. Game of Thrones went on to be named 2015’s outstanding drama, a feat that’s very likely to be repeated this year. One compelling piece of evidence: Game of Thrones was the winningest show at last weekend’s two-part Creative Arts Emmys, winning nine of the 15 Creative Arts Emmy for which it was nominated.

RELATED: HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Sets Stage for Consecutive Emmy Win as Best Drama

Much of Game of Thrones’ cast also was nominated, with repeat victor Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington nominated for supporting actor and Lena Heady, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams all nominated as best supporting actress in a drama.

Going up against Game of Thrones as outstanding drama are FX’s Peabody-winning The Americans, nominated as best drama for the first time with both of its lead actors — Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell — nominated as well; AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, for which Bob Odenkirk is nominated best actor in a drama; PBS’ Downton Abbey for its final season; Showtime’s Homeland, which won this category in its rookie season; Netflix’s House of Cards and USA’s rookie Mr. Robot., which also earned a nomination for lead actor Rami Malek.

On the comedy side, HBO again has the advantage, with Veep, like Game of Thrones, looking to repeat last year’s win. Veep goes into the ceremony with 16 nominations, including a best comedy actress nod for five-time winner Julia Louis Dreyfus in her role as the biting but not-that-bright President Selina Meyer, and a best supporting comedy actor nod for Tony Hale, who’s won twice before for his role as Meyer’s extraordinarily loyal body man, Gary.

Looking to take the trophy away from Veep are ABC’s Black-ish; Netflix’s Master of None; ABC’s five-time winner Modern Family; HBO’s Silicon Valley; Amazon’s Golden Globe winner, Transparent, the lead of which, Jeffrey Tambor, is likely to win his second Emmy for starring as the transitioning Maura Pfefferman and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Following HBO in total nominations is FX with 56. FX’s biggest gun is The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which bumped Fargo as this year’s sure thing to win outstanding limited series, a category that’s become very competitive in recent years.

American Crime Story nearly kept pace with Game of Thrones with 22 total nominations, including acting nods for most of its cast. 

Also nominated in this category are ABC’s American Crime, AMC’s The Night Manager and History’s Roots.

Netflix is nipping at FX’s heels with 54 total nominations. Behind the big three came the broadcast networks with NBC leading with 41 nominations, ABC and CBS tying with 35 nominations each, Fox earning 29 and PBS grabbing 26. AMC came in right behind PBS with 24 total nods.

READ MORE: The Washington Post, Vulture, Screen Rant

[Cube image courtesy of Screen Rant]

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