NBC is throwing another curveball in the scheduling the Primetime Emmy Awards. The network and the TV Academy just announced that the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 from 8-11 PM live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
NBC, which hosts the ceremony once every four years as part of a Big 4 wheel, has been airing the Emmys in August, at the start of the NFL season, since 2006 to accommodate its Sunday Night Football franchise. In 2014, the last time the Emmys were on NBC, the network kept the show in late August, but moved it to Monday, Aug. 25, the first time the Emmys were held on a Monday in almost 40 years, since 1976.
Now NBC is keeping the ceremony on Monday but is moving it back to the time frame it airs on the other networks. For instance, the Emmys took place on Sept. 17 this year with CBS carrying it, on Sept. 18 last year via ABC (both were Sundays)
Despite concerns about a possible traffic nightmare at the always congested L.A. downtown during a weekday, arrivals went relatively smoothly in 2014. As for the ratings, while they were slightly down year-over-year, they were the second best in almost a decade and have not been topped since.
NBC late-night host Seth Meyers emceed the 2014 Primetime Emmys. No host or producers have been set for the 2018 ceremony yet. Meyers is hosting NBC’s other big 2018 awards show, the Golden Globes, next month.