Though it’s not the first time this has happened, the 66th Annual Emmy Awards will air a bit earlier than usual. In order to avoid a conflict with NBC’s Sunday Night Football in September, the network will host the awards show in August of 2014. NBC has done this twice before, in 2006 and in 2010. Each of the other three networks – CBS, ABC and Fox – have kept the broadcast squarely in September since 2002. Both the Emmy Awards and Sunday Night Football are major ratings draws, so it’s in NBC’s best interest to shift the broadcast a couple of weeks earlier to avoid competing against the network’s own programming.
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