The Emmy Award nominations will be announced tomorrow, so let's continue the history of the outstanding comedy category starting with CBS. Let's look at a full breakdown and analysis, showing CBS in the category throughout the years, and see the bigger picture.
|The cast of The Phil Silvers Show.|
it was a win for the network.
|The Cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show|
The Monkees and The Bob Newhart Show, but CBS was still a force with 19 nominations and 4 wins, though noticeably down from the last decade. The first year was rather embarrasing for CBS when 4 out of the 5 shows nominated were CBS shows (The Danny Thomas Show, Father Knows Best, The Jack Benny Program, and The Red Skeleton Show), but all 4 ultimately lost to NBC's The Art Carney Special. But, they got one win the next year with a second win for The Jack Benny Program. Then in 1963 came The Dick Van Dyke show which dominated at the Emmys winning three times,1963, 1964, and 1966. But, that was it for CBS, The Andy Griffith Show was nominated 3 times, but never managed a win, and The Lucy Show was nominated once, but despite Lucille Ball's star power never got a win.
|The cast of 4-time Emmy winner, All In The Family.|
|The logo for CBS's M*A*S*H, nominated 4 times in|
the decade, but not a single win.
and not manage to win. 1983 saw the final season of M*A*S*H not make it again against NBC's powerhouse Cheers. In fact, it was the rise of NBC that more or less ruined CBS's chances of winning it big as the decade went by, powerhouses like Cheers, The Cosby Show, and The Golden Girls dominated as one of those shows won the category from 1983 to 1987. Meanwhile CBS saw Newhart in 1983, fail to get a win, and lesser know sitcom, Kate and Allie, lost all three years it was nominated from 1984 to 1986. In 1988, ABC won the competition with The Wonder Years, but CBS could only get one season wonder, Frank's Place on the ballot after being absent entirely in 1987. Then, in 1989, Cheers won yet again while CBS lost with Murphy Brown. This marked 0 wins for the network in the entire decade, and only 15 nominations, certaintly not what the network was expecting after a year of massive wins, but could the network turn it around.
|The Cast of Murphy Brown.|
powerhouse, but in that time, not a single CBS show was nominated. The competition was getting harder as new faces started making appearances like FOX and HBO, FOX actually managed to win with Ally McBeal in 1999, and CBS finally managed to get a nomination with Everybody Loves Raymond. It's arguable if this decade was worse then the last, at least this time they managed 2 wins, but they were completly absent from the category entirely for four years, and managed only 8 nominations, lower then last year, and things would only get harder for CBS.
|The Cast of Everybody Loves Raymond.|
Raymond got another win in 2005, but CBS hadn't had a single other sitcom get nominated yet. Critically panned Charle Sheen vehicle Two and a Half Men surprisingly managed to get on the ballot in 2006, 2007, and 2008, but ultimately lost to NBC's more acclaimed comedies which included The Office and 30 Rock. 2009 saw a new player, How I Met Your Mother get into the nominations, but it ultimately lost to NBC's 30 Rock. This year was similar to the 90's as CBS got two wins from the same show and nothing much else, at least it got 10 nominations, more then last year, but it really wasn't a good year for the network.
|The logo for The Big Bang Theory.|
absent from the category in 2010, The Big Bang Theory managed to get a nomination in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, but never winning, and always losing to ABC's Modern Family. Last year, CBS was entirely absent from the ballot as new faces made the category like Amazon and Netflix. For this year, most experts do not expect a CBS comedy to make it on the ballot, so could this mean a second year without making the ballot? The network has so far managed only 4 nominations which is lower then any other year, but it could still turn around.
Here are two graphs showing showing CBS's performance in the category, the first one of nominations and the second one of wins.