Emmy Tiers

2018 Emmy Nominations have been announced. See our winner predictions here.

This page will be updated with 2019 Emmy contenders somewhere down the road. Below are our final Emmy tiers for 2018.

Last Update: 07/11/18

Outstanding Drama Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
The Handmaid’s Tale

Tier 2
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This is Us

Tier 3
The Good Doctor
Killing Eve

Tier 4
The Deuce
The Good Fight
Mr. Robot
Orange is the New Black

Tier 5
Good Girls
I’m Dying Up Here
Queen Sugar
Ray Donovan

Altered Carbon
Black Lightning
The Chi
Hard Sun
Mr. Mercedes
The Path
The Orville
Sneaky Pete
Star Trek: Discovery
13 Reasons Why
The X-Files

Outstanding Comedy Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tier 2
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Silicon Valley

Tier 3
The Good Place
Modern Family
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Will and Grace

Tier 4
Arrested Development
Better Things
Broad City
Grace and Frankie

Tier 5
The Big Bang Theory
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Dear White People
Fresh Off the Boat
Mozart in the Jungle

American Housewife
A.P. Bio
Get Shorty
Great News
Jane the Virgin
The Last O.G.
LA to Vegas
Santa Clarita Diet
Search Party
Schitt’s Creek
Young Sheldon

Outstanding Limited Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
Assassination of Gianni Versace
Twin Peaks

Tier 2
Howard’s End
The Looming Tower
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Tier 3
The Alienist
American Vandal
Genius: Picasso
Patrick Melrose
The Sinner

Tier 4
Alias Grace
American Horror Story: Cult
The Girlfriend Experience
Little Women
The Menendez Murders

Tier 5
The Long Road Home
Love, Lies and Records
Manhunt: Unabomber
Seven Seconds
The Terror

The Last Tycoon
National Treasure: Kirk
Picnic at Hanging Rock

Outstanding TV Movie (07/10/18)

Tier 1
The Tale
USS Callister: Black Mirror

Tier 2

Tier 3
The Child in Time
Fahrenheit 451
I Am Elizabeth Smart

Tier 4
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
Electric Dreams: The Commuter
George Gently and the New Age
Notes from the Field

Cocaine Godmother
Electric Dreams: Kill All Others
Faith Under Fire
Story of a Girl

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
Sterling K. Brown – This is Us
Milo Ventimiglia – This is Us

Tier 2
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Tier 3
Jonathan Groff – Mindhunter
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones
Ed Harris – Westworld
J.K. Simmons – Counterpart
Donald Sutherland – Trust

Tier 4
James Franco – The Deuce
Paul Giamatti – Billions
Sam Heughan – Outlander
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Cillian Murphy – Peaky Blinders

Alan Cumming – Instinct
Hugh Dancy – The Path
David Duchovny – The X-Files
Brendan Gleeson – Mr. Mercedes
Peter Krause – 9-1-1
Damian Lewis – Billions
Seth MacFarlane – The Orville
Dylan Minnette – 13 Reasons Why
Jason Mitchell – The Chi
Josh Radnor – Rise
Giovanni Ribisi – Sneaky Pete
Tim Robbins – Here and Now
Cress Williams – Black Lightning

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
Claire Foy – The Crown
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Tier 2
Mandy Moore – This is Us
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Tier 3
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Deuce
Laura Linney – Ozark
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve

Tier 4
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Christine Baranski – The Good Fight
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Gillian Anderson – The X-Files
Shiri Appleby – UnReal
Angela Bassett – 9-1-1
Connie Britton – 9-1-1
Christian Hendricks – Good Girls
Taraji P. Henson – Empire
Holly Hunter – Here and Now
Melissa Leo – I’m Dying Up Here
Sonequa Martin-Green – Star Trek: Discovery
Miranda Richardson – Girlfriends
Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones
Naomi Watts – Gypsy
Rutina Wesley – Queen Sugar

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Donald Glover – Atlanta

Tier 2
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bill Hader – Barry
William H. Macy – Shameless
Eric McCormack – Will and Grace

Tier 3
Jason Bateman – Arrested Development
Ted Danson – The Good Place
Zach Galifianakis – Baskets
Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley

Tier 4
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Tracy Morgan – The Last O.G.
Timothy Olyphant – Santa Clarita Diet
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Fred Armisen – Portlandia
Iain Armitage – Young Sheldon
Hank Azaria – Brockmoire
Thomas Haden Church – Divorce
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
John Goodman – Roseanne
Glenn Howerton – A.P. Bio
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat
Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (07/10/18)

Tier 1
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Tier 2
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Alison Brie – GLOW
Allison Janney – Mom
Debra Messing – Will and Grace
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Tier 3
Kristen Bell – The Good Place
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Issa Rae – Insecure

Tier 4
Tiffany Haddish – The Last O.G.
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
Emmy Rossum – Shameless
Frankie Shaw – SMILF

Roseanne Barr – Roseanne
Drew Barrymore – Santa Clarita Diet
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Logan Browning – Dear White People
Minnie Driver – Speechless
Anna Faris – Mom
Ilana Glazer – Broad City
Abbi Jacobson – Broad City
Katy Mixon – American Housewife
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Alia Shawkat – Search Party
Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (07/11/18)

Tier 1
Darren Criss – Assassination of Gianni Versace
Al Pacino – Paterno
Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks

Tier 2
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels – The Looming Tower
Michael B. Jordan – Fahrenheit 451

Tier 3
Daniel Bruhl – The Alienist
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Child in Time
John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar
Jack O’Connell – Godless
Jesse Plemons – USS Callister: Black Mirror
Michael Shannon – Waco

Tier 4
Matt Bomer – The Last Tycoon
Garrett Hedlund – Mosaic
Matthew Macfadyen – Howard’s End
Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult
Peter Sarsgaard – Wormwood
Timothy Spall – Electric Dreams: The Commuter
Jimmy Tatro – American Vandal

Peter Capaldi – Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
Josh Duhamel – Unsolved
Jared Harris – The Terror
Taylor Kitsch – Waco
Kevin Kline – Present Laughter
Martin Shaw – George Gently and the New Age

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (07/11/18)

Tier 1
Jessica Biel – The Sinner
Laura Dern – The Tale
Elisabeth Moss – Top of the Lake: China Girl

Tier 2
Hayley Atwell – Howard’s End
Michelle Dockery – Godless
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult

Tier 3
Alana Boden – I Am Elizabeth Smart
Carmen Ejogo – The Girlfriend Experience
Edie Falco – The Menendez Murders
Riley Keough – Paterno
Regina King – Seven Seconds
Kelly Macdonald – The Child in Time
Cristin Milioti – USS Callister: Black Mirror

Tier 4
Sarah Gadon – Alias Grace
Carey Mulligan – Collateral
Maya Hawke – Little Women
Ashley Jensen – Love, Lies and Records
Anna Deavere Smith – Notes from the Field
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Cocaine Godmother

Toni Braxton – Faith Under Fire
Lily Collins – The Last Tycoon
Natalie Dormer – Picnic at Hanging Rock
Sarah Lancashire – National Treasure: Kiri
Anna Paquin – Electric Dreams: Real Life
Maya Rudolph – A Christmas Story Live
Ryann Shane – Story of a Girl
Juno Temple – Electric Dreams: Autofac