Netflix knocks HBO off its throne, as Emmy voters spread the wealth

Emmys 2018 Five races we'll be watching when nominations are announced

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The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO stablemate "Westworld" with 21 nominations each. Trailing were broadcaster NBC with 78 nominees and cable network FX with 50. "The continued growth of the industry has provided opportunities for acclaimed new programs to emerge, while allowing last season's breakthrough programs to thrive".

See the full list of 2018 Emmy noms here.

Other drama series contenders are "Westworld", with an impressive 21 nods; "The Americans", nominated for its final season and with nods for stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys; "The Crown", "Stranger Things" and "This Is Us" from NBC, the only broadcast show to make the cut.

There's no doubt Netflix execs will be very happy about today's accomplishment. It is also present in the categories for Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. As noted, HBO's ability to snag as many noms as it did this year without its biggest Emmy comedy fave speaks to its success at keeping its scheduled stocked with award-worthy programming.

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While far behind leader Netflix, the other two established SVOD players, Hulu, who claimed the first best series win for a streamer previous year with Handmaid's Tale, and Amazon/Prime Video, continue to gain ground.

Netflix's Emmy ascend punctuates the streaming upstart's enormous push.

HBO's Westworld fared well in both the categories for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series. But Netflix dominating things isn't exactly breaking news these days: It's just reality.

While CBS also increased its Emmy nomination tally from 2017, ABC and Fox were down year-to-year. It's easy to imagine HBO jumping back into the nomination lead next year, and not at all hard to envision a world where Amazon or Apple makes a run for the top spot a few years after that.

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