Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Critics Choice Awards Could Benefit from NFL Scheduling Change Due to Snow, Bad News for Emmys?

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Weather or not, awards season continues with some potential ratings issues.

The NFL game set for Sunday — the Bills vs. the Steelers — has been moved to Monday because Buffalo is under 10 feet of snow and the temperature is below minus 300. The Bills are asking fans to come with shovels to dig them out so the game can even happen on Monday.

That’s good news for Sunday’s Critics Choice Awards on the CW network at 7pm. Most football will be over by the time the show starts, and will definitely be done by 8:30pm. Ratings for the CCA should be given a little push now by the absence of real competition.

But Monday’s Emmy Awards, basically a repeat of the CCA with the same people and similar nominations, could face headwinds.

Now there will be two back to back games on Monday, potentially soaking up a huge part of the TV audience.. The much anticipated Eagles vs. Buccaneers game on Monday starts at the same time as the Emmy Awards. The Eagles are heavy favorites. So are “Succession” and “The Bear” in drama and comedy, but who knows? Also, the Emmys were voted on last summer for a season that’s already been usurped in many cases by a succeeding one — meaning they aren’t really current. In the case of “The Bear,” for example, the voting was for their first season, not the second one that’s already played.

Acts of God are not in the Nielsen playbook. so stay tuned, especially for the CCA on Sunday which has all the movie and the TV stars and the very funny and smart Chelsea Handler as host.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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