Grapevine: Emmy ratings crash, Adams talks ‘1989’

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Emmy ratings plummet

Sunday’s Emmy telecast was the least-watched in history, Variety reported Monday. The awards show drew just 11.9 million viewers, down almost 4 million from last year’s audience of 15.6 million viewers, and below the previous low of 12.3 million in 1990. What went wrong? For starters, the AndySamberg-hosted show aired on Sunday, traditionally television’s busiest night. It was up against NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, which dominated the night, as well as a new episode of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” And the show aired just as the new television season is beginning, unlike last year’s show, which aired on a Monday in late August when the TV landscape was much more barren. Television’s biggest night lagged well behind the Oscars (37.3 million), the Grammys (24.8 million) and the Golden Globes (19.3 million), but on the bright side, the show edged out the American Music Awards (11.6 million). That’s a start!

Adams enters Swift’s universe with song

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams talked to Entertainment Weekly about his version of Taylor Swift’s “1989,” which he released Monday. “The record is its own alternate universe … There’s just a joy to ‘1989,’ ” Adams said. “I think she said it as well: she was in a joyful place making that record. Even if there are elements that describe these situations — that describe interactions and the world of romance and the confusion of being alive and knowing how you fit in — all that stuff is there. It’s what we write about.” He says he sent her the album when it was finished and received a series of excited text messages from the pop singer. “She’s such a busy lady, but it was really cool to feel that excitement,” he says.

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