Sopranos Take a Beating from the Emmys

The Emmys took a whack at The Sopranos in the ratings department.

Sunday's episode of the mob drama averaged 11.2 million viewers from 9 to 10 p.m. -- far behind NBC's Emmy coverage, which averaged 19.6 million viewers for the same hour. 

NBC's Emmycast averaged 20.3 million viewers from 8 to 9 p.m., meaning that few people who were watching TV's annual awards show changed channels to The Sopranos

But while Sunday's Sopranos was down about 2 million viewers from its record-shattering season premiere Sept. 15, it still performed well, considering that HBO is available in only one-third of the homes that carry NBC -- and considering it was up against one of TV's highest-rated telecasts of the year. 

The Sopranos also managed to steamroll over the NFL game on ESPN, which didn't even finish in the Top 30 most-watched shows for the week. 

The NFL's Sunday-night game traditionally wins the night, but averaged only a measly 7.2 million viewers this week. 

The Sopranos averaged 13.4 million viewers Sept. 15, becoming HBO's most-watched show ever.

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