The surprise triumph for "Raymond," which also claimed the top comedy prize in 2003, was in keeping with Emmy voters' preference for older shows and past winners over newcomers and came at the expense of another ABC breakout hit, "Desperate Housewives," that was seen as a virtual shoo-in to win.
First-season programs, even popular ones, have a tendency to get overlooked at the Emmy Awards, but newly departed shows are even more rare in the winners circle.
While the loss to "Raymond" was a disappointment for "Desperate Housewives," which ranked as the highest-rated new show last season, the series earned a best-actress prize for one of the ladies of Wisteria Lane, Felicity Huffman.
ABC, which airs "Housewives" and "Lost" walked away with one of its best Emmy nights in years, winning six major awards overall.
Along with "Lost" and Huffman, ABC's winners included James Spader as best actor in a drama for his role as lawyer in the courtroom series "Boston Legal" and co-star William Shatner, for best supporting actor.
Veterans Paul Newman and Jane Alexander, won supporting actor and actress awards for miniseries and TV movies for their respective work in HBO's "Empire Falls" and "Warm Springs," the latter about Franklin Roosevelt's struggle with polio.
In other major awards, Tony Shalhoub was named best actor in a comedy for his role as an obsessive-compulsive private detective in "Monk," his second Emmy win for that role. Patricia Arquette was a surprise first-time winner in the category for best actress in a drama for playing a psychic detective in NBC's "Medium."
The 57th edition of the Emmys opened with Louisiana-born host Ellen DeGeneres paying tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in her opening monologue.
Copyright Speakers Corner 2016