• 08.08.11

Primetime Emmy Awards

Sunday, September 18

Emmy 2011 Jane Lynch

Lynch accepts her 2010 Emmy | Photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images

Despite the glitz and glamour, red-carpet awards shows appear to be losing their shine. The average American may tune in for 35 hours of TV a week, but Emmy viewership has fallen 38% since 2000, to a paltry 13.5 million in 2010, according to a Nielsen report. A sun on the horizon? This year’s host is Glee star Jane Lynch, whom Emmy exec producer Mark Burnett called his “first–and only–choice.” And Lynch, who nabbed last year’s statuette for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, is a surefire ratings magnet: Her guest appearance on Nickelodeon’s iCarly attracted 5.9 million viewers–twice its average audience.