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By the Numbers: 27 Numerical Facts About Last Night's Emmy Awards

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 24, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 24, 2012 |

17 — The record-setting number of losses for “Mad Men,” which lost in every single category it was nominated last night.

2 — The number of people who have now won an Emmy for three different shows, after Julia Louis Dreyfus (“Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of the Old Christine,” and “Veep”) joined Tyne Daily (“Cagney & Lacy,” “Judging Amy,” “Christy.”)

5 — The number of men who have won in the Best Supporting Actor — Drama category twice, after Aaron Paul joined Stuart Margolin, “The Rockford Files”; Michael Conrad, “Hill Street Blues”; Larry Drake, “L.A. Law”; and Ray Walston, “Picket Fences.” Up until Paul had one for the second time, the award had been given to 16 different people in the last 16 years.

1 — The number of times that Showtime has won an Emmy for best series, after “Homeland” took home the Emmy for Best Drama last night.

2 — The number of butt cheeks Sofia Vergara revealed when her Emmy dress split 20 minutes before she was set to present.

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10 — The record for consecutive wins, which “The Daily Show” now holds in the Best Variety category.

3 and a Half — Jon Cryer became the first actor to ever win an Emmy in both the supporting and leading man categories for the same character.

6 — The number of wins by “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland,” the two shows who tied for most wins last night.

23 — HBO’s number of Emmy wins, leading all other networks.

19 — The number of tears that Aaron Paul shed after beating out Giancarlo Esposito for Best Supporting Actor. “I cried in his arms and said, ‘It doesn’t make sense that I was on that stage and you were not.”


32 million — The number of people who mentioned BITCH or MAGNETS after Aaron Paul won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


2 — The number of shows (“Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men”) more deserving than “Homeland” of the Best Drama series Emmy.

4 — The number of actors who won Emmys for the first time: Kevin Costner, Damien Lewis, Tom Berenger, and Julianne Moore.

37 — The number of Emmys that “Saturday Night Live” has won in the series’ history, tying it with “Frasier” for the most by one show.

7 — The number of times that “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has been nominated for Best Comedy and lost, setting a record for most nominations for a comedy without a win.

9 — The number of times that “Amazing Race” has won for best reality series since the category was introduced 10 years ago.

16 — The number of seconds Jon Stewart spent crawling on the floor on his way to pick up the Emmy for best variety show.


25,000 — The number of monkeys who, upon Jimmy Kimmel’s instructions, tweeted that Tracey Morgan had passed out at the Emmy Awards ceremony.

13 — The number of years it’s been since Louis C.K. — who took home two awards last night — won an Emmy. He won as part of the writing staff for “The Chris Rock” show in 1999.

25 — The number of times that “Mad Men” has been nominated in acting categories. It has never won. That’s a record.

29 — The number of times that Bill Maher has been nominated and never won, also a record for an individual.

3 million — The number of people that suggested that Amy Poehler host next year’s Emmy Awards. All suggested she wear the same dress.

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1 — The number of times you can now claim that Amy Poehler’s breasts drew more attention than Christina Hendricks’.


14 — The number of people on my Facebook feed who all-capped JONATHAN when Danny Strong won his first award.


45 — The number of nominations “Two and a Half Men” has received since the series began. It has six wins.

35 — The number of seconds the Emmy Audience applauded Michael J. Fox.

14 — Of the 18 major categories, the number of times that the Emmy Voters basically got it wrong.

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