Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
The award was created in 2011 when the Miniseries and Television Movie categories were merged. The merger was largely due to the decline in miniseries production in the past decade. In the final ten years of the miniseries category, it was able to fill all five nomination slots only twice, with the final two ceremonies only having two nominees.  However, in 2014, the decision was reversed, and the separate Miniseries and Television Movie categories were reinstated.
A similar incident had happened in 1991 when the Outstanding Miniseries and the Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special (television movies) categories were merged to form the new Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries category and the number of nominees increased from five to six. For this year, 2 miniseries had competed with 4 made for TV movies. The following year, 1992, the new category was split to re-form the Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Made for Television Movie categories.
Winners and nominees
The following tables, divided by decade, display the winners and nominees, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards database.
Total Awards by Network
- PBS — 1
- HBO — 2
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- Andreeva, Nellie (February 20, 2014). "EMMYS: TV Academy Splits Best Miniseries & TV Movie, Reality Program & Voice-Over Categories, Expands Combined Longform Fields To 6 Nominees, Sets Possibility For 7 Best Drama & Comedy Series Nominees". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- "43rd Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
- "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2011". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2012". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2013". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 22, 2014.