The absence of Game of Thrones in Emmys 2017 was glaring. For last so many years, Game of Thrones has been the highlight of Emmy awards. But this year, The Handmaid’s Tale swept the best drama series instead of Game of Thrones.

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The Crew of The Handmaid’s Tale at Emmys 2017

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The Handmaid’s Tale vs Game of Thrones in Emmys 2017 – No Comparison

Game of Thrones in Emmys 2017

D. B. Weiss and David Benioff With Some of The Game of Thrones Cast and Crew Receiving Outstanding Drama Series Award at Emmys 2016

The Handmaid’s Tale is the first-ever streaming show (which airs on Hulu) to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama. It was also probably the least watched winner of Emmys ever in the Outstanding Drama Series. Last year, Hulu said it had 12 million subscribers, with slowing growth relative to prior years. This year, the number of total subscribers is estimated at around 15 million at the most.

Now, assuming that say half of the subscribers watch The Handmaid’s Tale (that may also be extravagant) that’s quite low a record as compared to the viewership of each Game of Thrones episode. Even if every Hulu subscriber tuned in to watch The Handmaid’s Tale, though, viewership would still be far below Game of Thrones, which pulled in an average of 26 million viewers per episode.

I don’t mean to say that The Handmaid’s Tale didn’t deserve this award but had Game of Thrones been eligible for Emmy nominations this year, the show may have looked quite different last night. After all, Game of Thrones Season 7 was quite awesome. The seventh season of Game of Thrones aired over the summer, but it didn’t start in time to be included in this year’s Emmy slate. That’s the reason for no awards for Game of Thrones in Emmys 2017.

Well, we will see Game of Thrones winning like crazy in Emmys 2018. Game of Thrones deserves the best.