TV Critic’s Corner

NBC will shift Emmy broadcast to a Monday

The scene at the 2017 Emmy Awards in September.
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The scene at the 2017 Emmy Awards in September.

Generally speaking, Monday mornings are a challenge. Add to that the pounding hangover from a Sunday night spent watching famous people stroke one another’s egos and you’re off to a lousy start to the week.

So this is good news. Next year, the Emmys will air on a Monday night, according to NBC. The always lengthy telecast is set for Sept. 17, with a not-yet-determined host (who will most likely be one of NBC’s late-night types).

NBC last ran the Emmys in 2014, and it moved the telecast to Monday, the first time there had been a Monday airing since 1976. There were concerns at the time that the ratings would plummet. During the working week, people on the West Coast would be on their way home when the Emmys began, not in front of their TVs. Instead, the 2014 ratings were the second-highest in a decade — at 15.6 million viewers — and have not been beaten yet. The ratings for the past three years have fallen, with fewer than 12 million viewers tuning in. Another reason NBC is shifting to Monday: It wants to avoid any interference with its own broadcast of “Sunday Night Football.”


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