“Killing Eve” was one of the low-key hits of last season. The BBC America drama never reached the ratings heights of, oh, say, “Roseanne” — the No. 1 show of the season — but it did something far rarer that could translate into Emmy success: Its ratings increased every week.
The common trend for shows is to peak with its premiere and then watch its numbers gradually fall — and hopefully plateau. That even happened with “Roseanne” after its monster debut in March with 18 million live viewers. But “Killing Eve,” a cat-and-mouse thriller about an assassin (Jodie Comer) and an MI-5 agent (Sandra Oh), saw an uptick in its Live+3 ratings for all eight episodes of Season 1, culminating with the finale cracking 1 million to draw 1.25 million eyeballs.
That growth has also coincided with lots of famous faces watching — and getting addicted — to the show. In the last week, everyone from Stephen King to Kumail Nanjiani have sung its praises. That’s precisely the type of hype you need heading into Emmy voting. “If everyone is checking this out, then maybe I should too.”
KILLING EVE: The rare pleasure of watching a cast and crew that gets everything–every little thing–absolutely right.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 28, 2018
Killing Eve is:
1. So good.
2. So so good.
3. I can’t handle it.
(Haven’t finished yet so NO SPOILERS.)
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 31, 2018
And given BBC America’s smaller profile, it needs every advantage it can get. Like its past series “Orphan Black,” which won Tatiana Maslany a Best Drama Actress Emmy in 2016, “Killing Eve”’s best shots are in that same, super stacked category for its two leads. It could become the first show in 16 years to deliver two Best Drama Actress nominees. Newcomer Comer is in 30th place in our odds, but Oh is inching her way up and is currently in 12. A five-time nominee for “Grey’s Anatomy,” she definitely has the reputation, the overdue factor and the goods to disrupt the race.
Best Drama Series would be a much tougher task with two-time champ “Game of Thrones” and former nominee “The Americans,” riding the high of its well-received series finale, looking to return. But after five freshman series entered the race last year, it would be weird, and frankly a shame, if no first-year series made the cut. Like Oh, “Killing Eve” is rising in our odds and currently sits in ninth place.
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