Emmy Awards by the numbers

Story highlights

  • $5 -- That's the price for a ticket to the first Emmy Awards ceremony
  • 37 -- That's the record for the most Emmys won by one series
  • 3 hours, 59 minutes, 40 seconds -- Whew! That was the longest Emmys telecast
  • 13.2 million -- That's the number of 2012 Emmy Awards viewers
It's time again for the Primetime Emmy Awards, being held in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22. And what better way to celebrate than with some of the most surprising stats involving the awards?
Emmy Awards are named after "Immy," an abbreviation for the image orthicon tube, part of an early television camera. It was later changed to Emmy. This year is the 65th annual ceremony.
Disclaimer: There was not a statistic for the percentage of actors and show teams who are sincere when they say it is an honor just to be nominated.
$5 -- Price of a ticket to attend the first Emmy Awards ceremony, on January 25, 1949.
6 pounds, 12.5 ounces -- Weight of a Primetime Emmy statuette.
28 -- Number of different award categories.
37 -- Record for the most Emmys won by one series: "Frasier."
97 -- The most nominations in a single year for one broadcast network. NBC got the nods in 2000.
44 -- The most Emmys won by a single network in one year. CBS set the record in 1974.
8 -- Most Emmys won by a female performer: Cloris Leachman.
7 -- Most Emmys won by a male performer: Ed Asner.
35 -- Number of people thanked by Martin Scorsese after his 2011 win for outstanding directing for a drama series, for "Boardwalk Empire."
52 and 1 -- The number of actors and actresses nominated in 1980 versus the number who actually attended the ceremony that year, which took place in the middle of two actors' union strikes. Luckily, the lone nominee there, Powers Boothe, won something -- outstanding actor in a limited series or special.
3 hours, 59 minutes, 40 seconds -- Longest Emmy Awards telecast, in 1987.
17 -- Nominations received by AMC's "Mad Men" in 2012. Matthew Weiner and company went home empty-handed, though, setting a new record for most nods in one year without a win.
2 seconds -- Difference in the average speech time by male winners (1:21) and female winners (1:19), as calculated by "New York" magazine in 2012, for the past three ceremonies.
8 -- Percentage of winners from 2009 to 2011 who cried during their speeches.
15,000 -- Members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the group that sponsors the Emmys.
14 -- Age of the youngest Emmy Award winner. Roxana Zal won in 1984 for the TV movie, "Something About Amelia."
171 -- Nominations earned by NBC's "Saturday Night Live." It has won 36 times.
22 -- Official Primetime Emmys parties or receptions. Many occur as far as a month in advance of the ceremony.
13.2 million -- Total number of 2012 Emmy Awards viewers, according to Nielsen ratings.
25,000 -- Tweets sent out immediately after 2012 host Jimmy Kimmel asked viewers to tweet that comedian Tracy Morgan had collapsed on stage.
1.6 million -- Social media "interactions" online about the 2012 Emmys, according to Trendrr, a group that analyzes data about activity on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.