If everyday Americans like YOU had their say, the 2017 Emmys winners would be NBC’s “This Is Us” for Best Drama Series, ABC’s “Modern Family” for Best Comedy Series and FX’s “Fargo” for Best Limited Series. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult that asked a nationally representative sample of over 2,000 U.S. citizens who they think should prevail on Emmy night.
What’s intriguing about these results is that the sampling of voters opted for broadcast network shows like “This Is Us” and “Modern Family” over buzzy Netflix fare like “Stranger Things” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” or HBO faves like “Westworld” and “Veep.” In other words, if the Emmys were determined strictly by a popular vote of average TV fans, we’d likely see winners with the broadest cultural appeal and easiest network accessibility.
Here are the popular vote winners in all of the major Emmy categories:
Best Drama Series: “This Is Us” (15%)
Best Comedy Series: “Modern Family” (27%)
Best Limited Series: “Fargo” (15%)
Best Drama Actor: Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (18%)
Best Drama Actress: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” (19%)
Best Comedy Actor: TIE: William H. Macy, “Shameless” and Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” (14%)
Best Comedy Actress: TIE: Tracee Ellis-Ross, “Black-ish” and Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” (12%)
Best Reality Show: “The Voice” (23%)
Best Variety Talk Series: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (26%)
Among the more intriguing highlights from the survey, it’s no surprise to see that “Stranger Things” is the favorite among the younger generation. It was the most popular show among 18-29 year-olds, with 27% of that age group believing it should take home the Emmy. And NBC’s reality TV show “The Voice” dominates across all generations, being the most popular choice in that category in every demo.
How do the results of Morning Consult’s survey compare to the Emmy predictions of Gold Derby’s experts from major media outlets? Not a single winner matches up with our experts’ picks, as they opt for HBO’s “Veep” for Best Comedy Series, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Best Drama Series and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for Best Limited Series, to name just a few. See more experts’ Emmy odds and rankings.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.