NBC is making some changes to the Emmy Awards broadcast, announcing that it will air the ceremony this year on Aug. 25, a Monday instead of the traditional Sunday, and a month earlier than usual, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
“The move to late August — the Emmys typically are broadcast just before the TV season officially starts in the third week of September — was expected in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with ‘Sunday Night Football,’ which usually begins airing in early September. Such a change is not unprecedented: The last two times the network aired the Emmys, in 2006 and 2010, it did so in August,” the story notes.
But shifting to Monday evening is unusual, the piece notes.
Most awards shows are broadcast on Sundays, given that more viewers are available on the weekend. The last time the Emmys aired on a Monday was in 1976, the story adds.
“So why the switch?” the story asks. “If NBC had moved the Emmy Awards to Sunday, Aug. 24, the show would go head-to-head with MTV’s popular Video Music Awards. NBC may also be leaving the evening free in case of a preseason NFL game.”