Who’s going to win a 2022 Emmy based on Rotten Tomatoes scores

Sorry Ted Lasso, but we had to.
September 9, 2022 1:53 p.m. EST
September 9, 2022 1:53 p.m. EST

Sometimes the Emmys, like the Oscars, can be a little inaccessible. Sure we all know that The Power of the Dog is an art-house movie, but have more people seen it than, say, The Hangover? The same goes for television shows these days. We know shows like The Great, Atlanta, Succession, Ozark, and What We Do in the Shadows make for absolute killer watching. But if it were down to only Rotten Tomatoes audience ratings to pick a winner, we suspect the winner might not be pulling in Friends or The Big Bang Theory numbers.

Let’s see who would win this year’s Emmys if Rotten Tomatoes audience ratings were the sole indicator. If you’re making bets with your Emmys pool this year, we gotchu.

Outstanding Comedy Series 


Abbott Elementary


Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Only Murders in the Building 

Ted Lasso 

What We Do in the Shadows 

Ted Lasso and Curb Your Enthusiasm have been big winners in past Emmy years, and they have huge cultural influence. So it may surprise you to learn that the Rotten Tomatoes audience scores aren’t putting Ted Lasso or Curb your Enthusiasm out on top. This year, the clear frontrunner amongst viewers is Only Murders in the Building with a whopping 99% score, followed closely by What We Do in the ShadowsTed Lasso actually scores lowest at 78% and second to last is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Didn’t see that one coming!

Official ratings:

“Abbott Elementary” 90%

“Barry” 90%

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 92%

“Hacks” 87%

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” 83%

“Only Murders in the Building” 99%

“Ted Lasso” 78%

“What We Do in the Shadows” 98%


Outstanding Drama Series


Better Call Saul




Squid Game

Stranger Things



Better send the kids to bed before you tell them that Euphoria did not top the audience ratings here! Neither did Squid Game or even Yellowjackets. Before you take off your earrings and start a brawl, just know that it was the millennial fave, Better Call Saul, that took the top prize with a whopping 96% audience rating. Severance came second with 93% and then Stranger Things pulled into third. This is all Walter White’s fault!

Official ratings:

“Better Call Saul” 96%

“Euphoria” 84%

“Ozark” 87%

“Severance” 93%

“Squid Game” 83%

“Stranger Things” 90%

“Succession” 85%

“Yellowjackets” 78%


Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series



The Dropout

Inventing Anna

Pam and Tommy

The White Lotus

Any fan of Dopesick already knew that this show would rank highest amongst audiences, but when we tell you we were shocked, *SHOCKED!* by Inventing Anna’s low rating (fam it was 35%), believe us, we did “not have time for this!” Anna Delvey better start making some marinara because she’s about to get pelted with ALL THE ROTTEN TOMATOES! Second place went to The Dropout, and third to The White Lotus.

Official ratings:

“Dopesick” 93%

“The Dropout” 81%

“Inventing Anna” 35%

“Pam and Tommy” 66%

“The White Lotus” 74%


Outstanding Variety Talk Series


The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Night With Seth Meyers 

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

If you thought late-night tv talk shows were an art in decline, you were right, because none of the audience rankings of any of these nominated shows made it above a respectable 80%. It should come as no surprise that Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which scoops up the Emmy every year, came out on top here with 79% (that’s it?!), but you might be horrified to learn that The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is only at 21%, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is only at 47%! Worst of all, Jimmy Kimmel Live! doesn’t even rank. Seriously, there is no fresh or rotten tomato to throw at him. Must be all those mean tweets. 

Official ratings:

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” 21%

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”  no ranking

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” 79%

“Late Night With Seth Meyers” 49% 

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” 47%


Outstanding Competition Program


The Amazing Race

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Was there ever any doubt that RuPaul’s Drag Race would win here? Of course, we love Lizzo, Nicole Byer (we stan a cooking queen), and The Amazing Race has been on TV since the dawn of time, but if the show doesn’t have a glitter ball, it’s just not a winner. Sorry, rules are rules. Sashay, bish!

“The Amazing Race” no score

“Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” 52%

“ Nailed It!” 74%

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” 77%

“Top Chef” no ranking

“The Voice” 68%

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