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The Emmys: The History of Outstanding Comedies - Introduction





Before the Emmy nominations are announced on Thursday, let's take a look back to the category of best comedy. The first ever winner of the award was NBC's The Red Skeleton Show in 1952 and the most recent is HBO's Veep. Here's a breakdown of how many wins and nominations each network has had in the category in total since 1952 until now.


Network
Nominations
Wins
NBC
11326
CBS
11022
ABC
5211
HBO
312
FOX
92
FX
30
Showtime
20
Netflix
20
Amazon
10

Judging from this data, it seems like NBC, CBS, and ABC are the big winners, though that's not entirely true. All three networks have been around since the beginning while FOX and HBO only just got in the game in the 90's, while FX, Showtime, Netflix, and Amazon have all just barely started in the last 5 years, with Amazon getting it's first nomination just last year. It seems the biggest loser on the list is ABC which has been around since the 50's and has less then half of the nominations of NBC and CBS, and without Modern Family, ABC has only a total of 6 times, making it look even worse. Recently though, it seems like streaming and cable networks are dominating over the Big 4, in fact last year only 2 out of the 7 nominees were from the Big 4. Missing from this list is The CW, which might get a nomination for Crazy-Ex Girlfriend this year which would put it on the map. Next time, we will look at the history of each individual network in the category starting with CBS, which used to be a powerhouse in the category, but has since dwindled. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.