(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Updated 11:21 p.m. EDT
"Modern Family" ended the Emmy Awards the way it began them - with a trophy. The series picked up the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the second year in a row.
It capped off a big night for the series, with five wins in all, including supporting actor and actress honors for on-screen husband and wife Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen.
The Outstanding Drama series winner was also a repeat - "Mad Men" picked the award for its fourth consecutive year. The '60s era drama beat out nominees including newcomer "Boardwalk Empire" and departing series "Friday Night Lights" for the win.
Kyle Chandler scored a touchdown during the ceremony, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Friday Night Lights." Julianna Margulies picked up the dramatic lead actress honor for "The Good Wife."
Melissa McCarthy of "Mike & Molly" was honored as best lead actress in a comedy series with an Emmy and a glitzy crown.
"Holy smokes. Wow, it's my first and best pageant ever," said a beaming McCarthy. "I'm from Plainfield, Illinois, and I'm standing here and it's kind of amazing."
Moments earlier, she and her fellow nominees had broken with tradition by jumping up on stage as their names were called, led by Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation."
Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" earned his second trophy in the best actor category. His win means Steve Carell lost his final chance to win an Emmy for playing clueless manager Michael Scott on "The Office."
Kate Winslet won her first Emmy Award, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for "Mildred Pierce." Her co-star Guy Pearce won the lead actor honor, but it was "Downton Abbey" that won Outstanding Miniseries.
"The Amazing Race" reprised its role as winner of the outstanding reality competition category, and "The Daily Show" did the same for outstanding variety series.
Host Jane Lynch opened the show with a musical number that had her visiting the sets of popular TV shows. The musical theme continued with a "Glee"-like group of TV stars singing songs about the Emmy categories.
The awards began on a controversial note when it was revealed that a taped comedy routine by Alec Baldwin for the showbecause it contained a joke about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal.
The actor was to be part of an opening video for Sunday night's ceremony airing on Fox, a News Corp.-owned network. But he tweeted before the awards that the network had killed his joke about the hacking scandal in Britain involving the now-closed News of the World tabloid.
Fox said it believed the joke was inappropriate to make light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company.
HBO came into the night with a leading 15 awards earned at the Sept. 10 creative arts awards, followed by PBS with 10, Fox with nine, CBS with seven and NBC with five.
"Boardwalk Empire" captured a leading seven creative arts Emmys, which honor technical achievements and guest stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, who won for her appearance in "Glee."