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This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Beginning with the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards, leading actresses in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actresses from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are the first Emmys where there is no representation from a big four broadcast networks.

Winners and nominations


Programs with multiple awards

Performers with multiple awards

Performers with multiple nominations

Total awards by network

  • CBS – 26
  • NBC – 16
  • ABC – 7
  • HBO – 7
  • Showtime – 2
  • Amazon – 2
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