The preliminary data from Nielsen show that Sunday's Emmy telecast had the smallest audience since 1990. Just over 13 million viewers watched the Emmys, down 19 percent from last year. And the show even got beat by the NFL game on NBC -- at least 13.3 million and probably a lot more watched the Chargers and the Patriots.
It was a night of Pyrrhic victories and bittersweet sendoffs Sunday at television's Emmy awards, where voters named departing mobster series The Sopranos TV's best drama but snubbed its cast, and bestowed a flock of awards to a network lineup devised by a programming boss who's been fired.
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Here's a preview of tonight's Emmy awards. Don't say you weren't warned.