Emmys to Be Held on a Monday This Year — Find Out Why

Emmys 2022 Date

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards are set to air live Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC, marking the first time the Emmys have aired on a Monday in four years (when NBC last hosted).

NBC, each time its turn as Emmys host rolls around, famously moves the ceremony to a Monday night, so as to avoid conflicts with its well-watched Sunday Night Football schedule.

The last time NBC hosted TV’s biggest night (in September 2018), Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and Colin Jost co-hosted and the telecast averaged 10.2 million total viewers.

Viewership for last year’s Emmys averaged 7.4 million viewers, up 16 percent from 2020 (the first pandemic-era telecast) and thus ending seven straight years of pretty steady* decline.

That virtual Emmy ceremony in 2020, which also aired opposite both Sunday Night Football and the NBA Finals, delivered 6.4 million viewers, marking an all-time low in audience.

No host has been announced at this early date for NBC’s Sept. 12 telecast, though typically a network pulls from its (or its parent company’s) own stable of talent (a la the SNL guys). Maybe Peacock’s Girls5eva (aka Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell and Renée Elise Goldsberry) will get a crack?

* Viewership for 2016 and 2017 was a statistical tie.

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