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9th Primetime Emmy Awards

9th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMarch 16, 1957
LocationNBC Studios, Burbank, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byDesi Arnaz
Most awardsCaesar's Hour
Playhouse 90 (5)
Most nominationsPlayhouse 90 (11)
Best Series - Half Hour or LessThe Phil Silvers Show
Best Series - One Hour or MoreCaesar's Hour
Best New Program SeriesPlayhouse 90
Best Public Service SeriesSee It Now
Best Single Program of the YearPlayhouse 90: "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
Television/radio coverage
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The 9th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 9th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on March 16, 1957, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the NBC Studios in Burbank, California. Desi Arnaz hosted the event. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses. Categories were sorted based on running time, instead of by genre.

The top shows of the night were Caesar's Hour and Playhouse 90. Each show won a then-record five major awards, (however, two of Playhouse 90's wins came in now defunct categories).

Caesar's Hour became the first show to be nominated in all four major acting categories. Caesar's Hour also made history when it swept the four acting categories. For over fifty years, it remained the only show to win every major acting award. In 2004, the miniseries Angels in America became the second show, and first miniseries/television film, to sweep the acting field. In 2020, Schitt’s Creek became the first comedy or drama series to win in all four acting categories.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[1]


Best Series, Half Hour or Less
Best Series, One Hour or More
Best Live Camera Work
Best Coverage of a Newsworthy Event
  • Years of Crisis (CBS)
    • Andrea Doria Sinking (CBS)
    • Andrea Doria Survivors Arrive in New York (CBS)
    • National Political Conventions (ABC)
    • National Political Conventions (NBC)
Best Public Service Series


Lead performances

Lead performances

Supporting performances

Supporting performances
Best Supporting Performance by an Actor
Best Supporting Performance by an Actress

Single performances

Single performances
Best Single Performance by an Actor
Best Single Performance by an Actress


Best Direction, Half Hour or Less
Best Direction, One Hour or More


Best Teleplay Writing, Half Hour or Less
Best Teleplay Writing, One Hour or More

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations[note 1]
Network Number of
CBS 59
NBC 41
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Network Number of
Playhouse 90 CBS 11
Caesar's Hour NBC 6
The Ernie Kovacs Show 4
Kraft Television Theatre
The Phil Silvers Show CBS
Alcoa-Goodyear Playhouse NBC 3
Four Star Playhouse CBS
I Love Lucy
The Jack Benny Program
Producers' Showcase NBC
Alfred Hitchcock Presents CBS 2
The Bob Cummings Show NBC
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Father Knows Best
Ford Star Jubilee CBS
The Jackie Gleason Show
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp ABC
The Loretta Young Show NBC
NBC Opera Theatre
Omnibus CBS
The Perry Como Show NBC
See It Now CBS
Studio One
Wide Wide World NBC
You Are There CBS

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards[note 1]
Network Number of
CBS 11
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Network Number of
Caesar's Hour NBC 5
Playhouse 90 CBS
The Phil Silvers Show 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


  1. ^ " list of 1957 Nominees & Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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