| name = 24th Primetime Emmy Awards
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| date = May 14, 1972
| location = [[Hollywood Palladium 6215 Sunset Blvd(Hollywood)|
Los Angeles California | presenter = Academy of Television Arts and Sciences | host = Johnny Carson | network = CBS | producer = | previous = 23rd | main = Primetime Emmy Awards | next = 25th }} The 24th Emmy Awards, later known as the 24th Primetime Emmy Awards, were handed out on May 6, 1972. The ceremony was hosted by Johnny Carson. Winners are listed in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.
The top shows of the night were All in the Family and Elizabeth R. All in the Family set numerous records during the night, it became the first show to win six major awards, (although one came in a tie, this record would be broken by other shows that won six major awards outright). It also became the first non-anthology drama to receive at least ten major nominations.
A milestone was set when All in the Family and Columbo each received every nomination in a major category, both for writing. This feat has become extremely rare as the field of nominees expanded to five and later six.
Glenda Jackson also made history by receiving three acting nominations for the same performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth R. Rule changes have made this impossible in later ceremonies. In addition, by beating the Big Three TV networks, this was PBS' first win for Outstanding Drama. (Though the N.E.T. network was the first to win this award, against the Big Three, in 1969, NET would eventually dissolve, but would become the direct predecessor to PBS.) This show was also the first non-American made show to win this award.
Sadly, this telecast has also become infamous for failing to recognize the enormous loss of one of the giants of the television industry. Dan Blocker, star of Bonanza, one of the most popular and successful series of all time, died suddenly and unexpectedly the day before the award ceremony was broadcast live. Bonanza was slated to begin production on its 14th season on NBC later in the month. Despite the worldwide popularity of the iconic Western series and its beloved star who played “Hoss Cartwright”, Blocker’s untimely passing went unmentioned. Plenty of critics however mentioned the omission after the ceremony aired.
Winners and nominees
Note: Winners are listed in bold type.
|Outstanding Series – Comedy||Outstanding Series – Drama|
|Outstanding Variety Series – Musical||Outstanding Variety Series – Talk|
|Outstanding Single Program – Variety or Musical – Variety and Popular Music||Outstanding Single Program – Variety or Musical – Classical Music|
|Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Drama – Programs||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming – Programs|
|Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming||Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy|
|Outstanding New Series|
|Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama – |
A Single Program of a Series with Continuing Characters and/or Theme
|Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Variety or Music||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program|
|Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music|
|Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama|
|Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Variety or Music||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music|
|Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama – Original Teleplay||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama – Adaptation|
Most major nominations
- By network [note 1]
- CBS – 47
- NBC – 38
- ABC – 21
- PBS – 11
- By program
- All in the Family (CBS) – 10
- Mary Tyler Moore (CBS) – 8
- Columbo (NBC) – 7
- Brian's Song (ABC) / Elizabeth R (PBS) – 6
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC) / The Six Wives of Henry VIII (CBS) – 5
Most major awards
- By network [note 1]
- CBS – 14
- NBC – 8
- PBS – 6
- ABC – 5
- By program
- All in the Family (CBS) – 6
- Elizabeth R (PBS) – 4
- Brian's Song (ABC) – 3
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program Acting Directing and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.