ESPN's 'The Last Dance' Wins Emmy Award for Best Documentary Series


Chalk up another victory for Michael Jordan.

The GOAT added another trophy to his case on Sunday when ESPN’s “The Last Dance” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction series.

The 10-part series edged out Netflix’s “Tiger King,” PBS’ “American Masters,” HBO’s “McMillions” and Hulu’s “Hillary.”

With sports absent throughout the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jordan doc – which was originally scheduled to air in June 2020 – was bumped up to April and became the main viewing event for sports fans for five consecutive Sundays.

The documentary followed Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls and their quest for a sixth NBA Finals title while retrospectively looking back at the rise of Jordan’s career and fame, as well as his supporting cast on that Bulls team.

“The Last Dance” became ESPN’s most-watched documentary, bringing in 6.3 million viewers for its debut episode and 5.6 million viewers for the last two episodes of the series, according to Nielsen, shattering the network’s previous record of 3.6 million viewers for “You Don’t Know Bo.”

It is the first Emmy victory for ESPN in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series category after three previous nominations.

ESPN’s “30 for 30 Shorts” won in 2014 for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program.

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