Emmy Awards 2016 nominations ballot: By the numbers

The nomination process for the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off on June 15 when the TV academy posted ballots online. Voters have until June 27 at 5 pm PT to submit their ballots to Ernst & Young, the accounting firm that oversees the process.

As per the rules, all 17,000 plus members of the TV academy can cast nomination ballots for program nominations (save for animated documentary/nonfiction which are restricted to their peer groups.) Voters may select up to 10 programs per category. Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.

There will be seven nominees in each of Comedy Series and Drama Series and six in the rest. Below, we breakdown the number of contenders in each program category as well as for performers and reality hosts (by way of comparison, last year’s count is in brackets)

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Comedy Series: 96 entries (2015: 81 entries)

Drama Series: 151 entries (2015: 143 entries)

Limited Series: 26 entries (2015: 25 entries)

TV Movie: 29 entries (2015: 38 entries)

Children’s Program: 28 entries (2015: 23 entries)

Informational Program or Series: 40 entries (2015: 37 entries)

Reality Competition Series: 45 entries (2015: 53 entries)

Special Class Program: 32 entries (2015: 32 entries)

Variety Talk Series: 17 entries (2015: 28 entries)

Variety Sketch Series: 20 entries (2015: 17 entries)

Variety Special: 75 entries (2015: 62 entries)

Structured Reality Series: 29 entries (2015: 30 entries)

Unstructured Reality Series: 62 entries (2015: 57 entries)

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Members of the Performers and Casting branches cast nominations ballots for these categories as well, listing up to six performers per category below.


Comedy Actor: 77 entries (2015: 55 entries)

Comedy Actress: 64 entries (2015: 46 entries)

Comedy Supporting Actor: 202 entries (2015: 172 entries)

Comedy Supporting Actress: 192 entries (2015: 138 entries)

Comedy Guest Actor: 127 entries (2015: 111 entries)

Comedy Guest Actress:107 entries (2015: 75 entries)


Drama Actor: 109 entries (2015: 101 entries)

Drama Actress: 81 entries (2015: 76 entries)

Drama Supporting Actor: 388 entries (2015: 360 entries)

Drama Supporting Actress: 279 entries (2015: 254 entries)

Drama Guest Actor: 127 entries (2015: 125 entries)

Drama Guest Actress: 94 entries (2015: 91 entries)


TV Movie/Mini Actor: 52 entries (2015: 33 entries)

TV Movie/Mini Actor Actress: 30 entries (2015: 31 entries)

TV Movie/Mini Actor Supporting Actor: 185 entries (2015: 97 entries)

TV Movie/Mini Actor Supporting Actress: 79 entries (2015: 75 entries)

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Members of the Casting, Daytime Programming, Producers, Production Executives, Professional Representatives, Reality and Television Executives branches cast nominations ballots for this category as well, listing up to five hosts.

Reality or Reality-Competition Series Host: 52 entries (2015: 56 entries)

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