They didn't deserve as much as last year, but didn't deserve nothing. After all it's only the last few months that it's gone downhill - the six months or so after the last awards were still excellent, and I thought Max's death and Niall's revenge might have got something in the episode/spectacular scene categories.
I do think there was a bit of over-correction on the panel. The big soaps were poor losers last year, and they felt they had to redress the balance.
What I'm surprised about is the episodes on air now are still Brian Kirkwood produced - so it's not even that the new producer is at fault.
I preferred the internet when it had a sense of humour.