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Emmys: 13.2 million viewers for ABC

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 64th

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (Sept. 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Considering what it was up against — a Patriots/Ravens rematch after last year's playoff shocker — the Emmys did remarkably well Sunday night: 13.2 million viewers.

That's up from 12.4 million last year on Fox, which — as you correctly deduce — is a better direction for the ratings to go than the alternative.

I am sure a lot of other places will parse the numbers for you — such as the fact that younger viewers have drifted away. But overall, the story is a good one. People are still interested in the Emmys, and Sunday night's show — from a strict production standpoint — really did nothing to drive those people away.

Sure, Jimmy Kimmel probably wasn't the breakout success many — or at least I — expected. But it is worth noting that a tightly paced show — as this one was — is going to leave little room for the host to stand out anyway. 

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