That Monday move didn't actually hurt. The 2014 Emmys, several weeks early this year and displaced from its Sunday perch by NBC's preseason football coverage, took only a minor hit on the new night.
The first Monday outing for the TV kudos since 1976, overnight ratings give the Emmy telecast a 10.9 rating among metered market households — off just 10 percent for last year for the second-best overnight showing in eight years.
Preliminary figures will obviously see adjustments, but it's clear that tragedy was averted. And, to be fair, last year's Emmys hit an eight-year high. Airing Sunday Sept. 22 and driven by NFL overrun on CBS, the telecast averaged 17.6 million viewers and a 4.9 rating with adults 18-49. It scored an overnight of 12.1 rating. (Not too shabby.)