If Yahoo! Searches Predicted the Emmy Winners, Dexter, Tina Fey & Glee Would Take Home Top Honors

The Emmys are less than one week away and while the votes from the academy haven’t been tallied yet, the results from Yahoo! are in. As the Academy weighs in on who deserves the winged statuette, Yahoo! searches reveal what shows gathered the most buzz during the eligibility period (June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011).  Although winners have not been announced, yet, will their online popularity lead to those coveted golden wings?  

Based on Yahoo! searches, here are the show titles and the actors who drew the biggest online buzz following the eligibility period:

Top Searched Best Series, Drama on Yahoo!
1. “Dexter”
2. “Mad Men”
3. “Friday Night Lights”
4. “Game of Thrones”
5. “Boardwalk Empire”
6. “The Good Wife”
Top Searched Best Series, Comedy on Yahoo!
1. “Glee”
2. “Modern Family”
3. “The Big Bang Theory”
4. “The Office”
5. “30 Rock”
6. “Parks and Recreation”
Top Searched Best Actor, Drama on Yahoo!
1. Michael C. Hall “Dexter”
2. Hugh Laurie “House”
3. Timothy Olyphant “Justified”
4. Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
5. Steve Buscemi “Empire Boardwalk”
6. Kyle Chandler “Friday Night Lights”
Top Searched Best Actor, Comedy on Yahoo!
1. Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”
2. Steve Carell “The Office”
3. Johnny Galecki “The Big Bang Theory”
4. Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”
5. Louis C.K. “Louie”
6. Matt LeBlanc “Episodes”
Top Searched Best Actress, Comedy on Yahoo!
1. Tina Fey “30 Rock”
2. Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”
3. Laura Linney “The Big C”
4. Martha Plimpton “Raising Hope”
5. Melissa McCarthy “Mike & Molly”
6. Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie”
Top Searched Best Supporting Actor, Drama on Yahoo!
1. John Slattery “Mad Men”
2. Alan Cummings “The Good Wife”
3. Josh Charles “The Good Wife”
4. Andre Braugher “Men of a Certain Age”
5. Walton Goggins “Justified”
6. Peter Dinklage “Game of Thrones”
Top Searched Best Supporting Actress, Comedy on Yahoo!
1. Sofia Vergara “Modern Family”
2. Jane Krakowski “30 Rock”
3. Betty White “Hot in Cleveland”
4. Jane Lynch “Glee”
5. Kristen Wiig “Saturday Night Live”
6. Julie Bowen “Modern Family”
 Top Searched Outstanding Reality Competition on Yahoo!
1.”American Idol”
2. “Dancing with the Stars”
3. “So You Think You Can Dance”
4. “The Amazing Race”
5. “Project Runway”
6. “Top Chef”
Did You Know?:
  • Steve Carell vs. Jim Parsons: According to Yahoo!, when it comes to this year’s Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Emmy nominees, men and women seem to be split on who tickles their funny bone.  Of the searches for Emmy nominee, Steve Carell, this year on Yahoo!, 62% of searches come from men; whereas Emmy nominee and last year’s The Big Bang Theory Emmy winner in the category, Jim Parsons, grabs the attention of women — 54% of overall searches for him this year are coming from females.
  • SNL Alums Compete: In looking at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the two notable SNL alums nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, Yahoo! searches this week for “Tina Fey” are up 240%; slightly higher than searches for “Amy Poehler,” who is seeing a 157% spike in searches. Will one of the SNL ladies be able to beat out Edie Falco, 2010 winner in the category of Best Lead Actress in a Comedy? 
  • Hugh Tops Searches: Hugh Laurie is by far the most searched best actor in a drama nominee on Yahoo!. This year, he got more searches than all of the other nominees combined and 3x the searches for Timothy Olyphant.
  • Mariska Dominates the Ladies: And, when it comes to Best Lead Actress in a Drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Mariska Hargitay has led the charge in searches this year on Yahoo!.  Of the searches for all the lead actress nominees, searches for “Mariska Hargitay” this year are 9 times higher than those of “Julianna Margulies” and over 1,000 times higher than those of “Elisabeth Moss.”  66% of the overall searches for “Mariska Hargitay” come from men.
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