HBO Takes the Top Spot with 104 Emmy Nominations

Today the nominations for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, with HBO‘s (NYSE:TWX) mini-series Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet in the title role, garnering the most with a grand total of 21 nominations, including top categories like Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie as well as Outstanding Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie, and Outstanding Director.

The next most-nominated show was AMC‘s (AMCX) Mad Men with 19 nominations, followed by HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with 18, ABC‘s (NYSE:DIS) Modern Family with 17, and NBC‘s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Saturday Night Live with 16. In the Outstanding Comedy Series category,┬áNBC shows took three of the six nominations, with the other three major networks each taking one nomination. In the Outstanding Drama Series category, cable and premium programming prevailed, with CBS‘s (NYSE:CBS) Good Wife (receiving a total of 9 nominations) the only network nominee. Also nominated in that category were Boardwalk Empire (18), Showtime‘s (NYSE:CBS) Dexter (5), HBO’s Game of Thrones (13), AMC’s Mad Men (19), and Friday Night Lights (4), which was produced by NBCUniversal but aired new episodes on DirectTV‘s (NASDAQ:DTV) The 101 Network.

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In the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, PBS got a nod for BBC-produced Downton Abbey, which received a total of 11 nominations. Other nominees in the category include another BBC-produced program, The Pillars of the Earth, broadcast by Starz in the U.S., the ReelzChannel‘s The Kennedys (10), and HBO’s Cinema Verite (9), Too Big to Fail (11), and Mildred Pierce (21).

Fox (NASDAQ:NWSA) received 12 nominations for its hit show Glee and a couple nominations a piece for Raising Hope and House, while CBS shows The Big Bang Theory (5), The Good Wife (9), and How I Met Your Mother (5) received a fair share each, NBC’s The Office (4), 30 Rock (13), and Parks and Recreation (3) pulled in a good number of nominations despite the network’s dwindling viewership. ABC was largely snubbed, with the exception of Modern Family (17), which accounted for four of the six spots in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, one for each of its adult male cast members, and two nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, one for each of its adult female cast members. The only regular cast members not nominated were the children.

But at the end of the night, no matter who wins or loses, HBO will still go home with bragging rights, with the premium channel accounting for 104 of the total nominations, only followed by CBS in a distant second with 50 nominations, and then NBC with 46, PBS with 43, Fox with 42, ABC with 40, AMC with 20, and Showtime with 21.