Stranger Things or This Is Us? Who TV Fans Think Should Win at the Emmys

TV viewers weigh in on the award-worthiness of the past TV season in our 2017 Emmy survey.

by | September 14, 2017 | Comments

Rotten Tomatoes surveyed 8,772 of you TV fans to find out how you feel about this year’s Emmy nominations. Here’s what we found.


This Is Us (Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

If you could vote, what would you vote for in the drama series category?

1 “This Is Us” (NBC) 26%
2 “Stranger Things” (Netflix) 25%
3 “Westworld” (HBO) 13%
4 “House of Cards” (Netflix) 10%
5 “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) 9%
6 “Better Call Saul” (AMC) 8%
7 “The Crown” (Netflix) 8%

Among men, Stranger Things topped this category at 31%, while 36% of women chose This Is Us. Stranger Things also was favored by 18–34 year olds by 33%.

What do you think will win in the drama series category?

1 “This Is Us” (NBC) 32%
2 “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) 16%
3 “Stranger Things” (Netflix) 16%
4 “House of Cards” (Netflix) 13%
5 “Westworld” (HBO) 11%
6 “The Crown” (Netflix) 7%
7 “Better Call Saul” (AMC) 4%

This Is Us topped all segments in our question of which series survey respondents feel has a lock on the win.

Who would you vote for in the drama actress category?

1 Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) 28%
2 Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) 17%
3 Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) 16%
4 Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) 15%
5 Keri Russell (“The Americans”) 14%
6 Claire Foy (“The Crown”) 10%

Davis topped all segments. The real battle was for second place with Wood besting Moss among men and the 18–34 and 35–54 segments.

Who would you vote for in the drama actor category?

1 Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) 23%
2 Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”) 17%
3 Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) 16%
4 Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) 14%
5 Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) 13%
6 Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) 11%
7 Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) 5%

Spacey topped all segments, but Ventimiglia won over the female segment for the second position 22% to Hopkins’ 15%. Men preferred Hopkins 20% to Ventimiglia’s 8%.


MODERN FAMILY - "Lake Life" (ABC/David Moir)

What would you vote for in the comedy series category?

1 “Modern Family” (ABC) 31%
2 “Black-ish” (ABC) 18%
3 “Veep” (HBO) 12%
4 “Master of None” (Netflix) 11%
5 “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) 10%
6 “Silicon Valley” (HBO) 10%
7 “Atlanta” (FX) 8%

Modern Family topped all segments.

What do you think will win in the comedy series category?

1 “Modern Family” (ABC) 34%
2 “Veep” (HBO) 22%
3 “Black-ish” (ABC) 17%
4 “Atlanta” (FX) 10%
5 “Master of None” (Netflix) 7%
6 “Silicon Valley” (HBO) 6%
7 “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) 5%

Modern Family again topped all segments.

Who would you vote for in the comedy actress category?

1 Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) 24%
2 Tracee Ellis-Ross (“Black-ish”) 18%
3 Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) 17%
4 Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) 16%
5 Allison Janney (“Mom”) 14%
6 Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”) 7%
7 Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) 4%

Women voted 21% for Tracee Ellis-Ross compared to 18% for Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Who would you vote for in the comedy actor category?

1 William H. Macy (“Shameless”) 26%
2 Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) 19%
3 Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) 18%
4 Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) 16%
5 Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”) 11%
6 Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) 10%

Macy won across all segments, but Ansari scored higher percentages among men (19%) and 18–34 year olds (24%) compared to Anderson (13% and 16%, respectively).

Limited Series

Ewan McGregor as Emmit Stussy in Fargo (Matthias Clamer/FX)

What would you vote for in the limited series category?

1 “Fargo” (FX) 32%
2 “Big Little Lies” (HBO) 24%
3 “Genius” (National Geographic) 18%
4 “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) 14%
5 “The Night Of” (HBO) 12%

More women, 31%, voted for Big Little Lies, compared to 25% for Fargo.

What do you think will win in the limited series category?

1 “Fargo” (FX) 32%
2 “Big Little Lies” (HBO) 30%
3 “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) 14%
4 “Genius” (National Geographic) 12%
5 “The Night Of” (HBO) 12%

Again, more women, 35%, voted for Big Little Lies, compared to 29% for Fargo.

Who would you vote for in the limited series/TV movie actress category?

1 Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”) 27%
2 Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) 21%
3 Carrie Coon (“Fargo”) 16%
4 Susan Sarandon (“Feud”) 13%
5 Jessica Lange (“Feud”) 12%
6 Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”) 11%

More men voted for Carrie Coon (25%) from Fargo, than for Reese Witherspoon (23%) from Big Little Lies.

Who would you vote for in the limited series/TV movie actor category?

1 Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”) 31%
2 Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”) 22%
3 Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”) 18%
4 Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”) 11%
5 Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”) 10%
6 John Turturro (“The Night Of”) 8%

Benedict Cumberbatch won handily across all segments for Sherlock: The Lying Detective.

Other Categories

Sherlock, Season 4 premiere (Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films 2016 for MASTERPIECE)

What would you vote for in the television movie category?

1 “Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS) 38%
2 “Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix) 17%
3 “Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC) 17%
4 “The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO) 15%
5 “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO) 14%

Sherlock: The Lying Detective trounced the competition across all segments.

What would you vote for in the reality competition category?

1 “The Voice” (NBC) 26%
2 “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC) 25%
3 “Top Chef” (Bravo) 17%
4 “The Amazing Race” (CBS) 14%
5 “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) 12%
6 “Project Runway” (Lifetime) 6%

Surprise! American Ninja Warrior was more popular among men (33%, compared to 22% for The Voice) and the 18–34 (34% compared to 18% for The Voice) and 35–54 (26% compared to 24% for The Voice) segments.

What would you vote for in the variety talk series category?

1 “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) 27%
2 “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS) 22%
3 “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) 20%
4 “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS) 17%
5 “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS) 8%
6 “Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO) 6%

More 18–34 year olds (27%) voted for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver than Jimmy Kimmel Live! (25%). Men were evenly split at 26% for both series.


Big Bang Theory (Monty Brinton/CBS)

What was the biggest series snub in the Emmy nominations?

1 “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) 16%
2 “Mr. Robot” (USA) 12%
3 “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) 11%
4 “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) 10%
5 “The Americans” (FX) 8%
6 “The Leftovers” (HBO) 5%
7 “Insecure” (HBO) 4%
8 “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) 4%
9 “Bloodline” (Netflix) 3%
10 “The Good Place” (NBC) 3%
11 “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC) 3%
12 “The Young Pope” (HBO) 3%

In one of the most divisive questions, a higher percentage (16%) of 18–34 year olds voted for 13 Reasons Why (compared to 11% for Big Bang Theory), and 17% of men voted for Mr. Robot (compared to 16% for Big Bang Theory). A few respondents (41) wrote in “Game of Thrones,” but the series didn’t air during the eligibility period for this year’s Emmys.

And what was the biggest performance snub in the Emmy nominations?

1 Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”) 12%
2 Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) 11%
3 Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) 9%
4 Jimmy Fallon (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”) 7%
5 Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) 7%
6 Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) 7%
7 Ed Harris (“Westworld”) 5%
8 Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”) 4%
9 Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”) 4%
10 Claire Danes (“Homeland”) 3%
11 Paul Giamatti (“Billions”) 3%
12 Jude Law (“The Young Pope”) 3%
13 Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”) 3%
14 Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”) 3%
15 Issa Rae (“Insecure”) 3%
16 Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”) 3%

Among women, Mandy Moore was the bigger snub: 14% compared to Winona Ryder at 11% in the segment. Among those 55+, the spread was even greater with 12% voting for Moore, 8% voting for Jimmy Fallon, and 7% voting Ryder. Among 18-34 year olds, Ryder was followed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan at 10%, then Moore at 9%.

The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 17 (8:00 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) on CBS. 

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