Netflix Ends HBO’s 17-Year Emmys Streak as the Most-Nominated Network

Westworld tops all shows, with 22 nominations

This year's most-nominated shows included SNL, Westworld, Game of Thrones and The Handmaid's Tale. Sources: NBC, HBO, Hulu

Netflix continued its ascension to the top of the television industry today as the 70th Emmy Awards nominations were announced. The streaming service ended up with 112 nominations, edging out HBO’s tally of 108 and breaking the premium cable network’s 17-year streak of being the most-nominated network.

However, HBO still boasted the most-nominated program, as Game of Thrones—which was ineligible for last year’s awards—topped all other shows with 22 nominations, including outstanding drama series.

Unlike last year, when freshman shows like This Is Us, Handmaid’s Tale and Atlanta broke into the Emmy race, this year’s nominations favored returning shows like Saturday Night Live and Westworld, each with 21 nominations this year, followed closely by The Handmaid’s Tale, which had 20 nominations.

FX’s miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story earned 18 nominations.

Competing for outstanding drama series are The Americans, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld.

The drama lead actor lineup includes Ozark’s Jason Bateman, The Americans’ Matthew Rhys, This Is Us’ Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown (last year’s winner) and Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris.

In the drama lead actress category, last year’s winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) returns to compete against Sandra Oh (for freshman series Killing Eve), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Keri Russell (The Americans), Claire Foy (The Crown) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld).

The outstanding comedy series expanded to fit eight nominees this year: Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, GLOW, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Atlanta’s Donald Glover, Barry’s Bill Hader, Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, Shameless’ William H. Macy and The Good Place’s Ted Danson are facing off for outstanding lead actor in a comedy.

The outstanding lead actress in a comedy category includes Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Issa Rae (Insecure), Allison Janney (Mom) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

The nominees won’t go up against perennial Emmy favorites like Veep (and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Better Call Saul and House of Cards, which aren’t competing this year as the new seasons of their respective shows didn’t air during the window of eligibility.

The full list of this year’s Emmy nominees can be found here.

The 70th Emmy Awards will air live September 17 on NBC. Michael Che and Colin Jost, who co-anchor Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, will host from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.