Among those honoured was Anthony Geary, who won a record seventh Emmy as 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series' for the soap. In a year that saw the long running ABC titles All My Children and One Life To Live cancelled, Geary joked that General Hospital had almost been replaced with Celebrity Boob Jobs Gone Wrong.
The soap also enjoyed wins for 'Supporting Actress' (Nancy Lee Grahn), 'Supporting Actor' (Jonathan Jackson), and 'Directing Team'.
Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful was named 'Outstanding Lead Actress' and made history as the first performer to win in three categories, having previousy won awards for 'Younger Actress' and 'Supporting Actress'.
Live with Regis and Kelly was awarded 'Best Entertainment Talkshow' (for the first time in its nearly 30-year history), while Ripa and Philbin were named 'Best Talkshow Hosts'. Philbin left the programme last November, with guest hosts currently joining Ripa as the series continues.
Jeopardy! won in the 'Gameshow/Audience Participation' category for the 14th time and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bill Geddie, executive producer of The View.
Barbara Walters presented Geddie with the accolade, calling him "simply the best". He then went on to thank "the two Barbaras in his life": Walters and his wife.
"There's not a lot of glamour and glory in daytime," Geddie added in his acceptance speech. "But when you think about it, we're all here with the best of intentions: We just love making TV!"