Primetime Emmy Award

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Primetime Emmy Award
67th Primetime Emmy Awards
Awarded for Excellence in prime time television
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1949
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network ABC (1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1993–94, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
CBS (1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
FOX (1987–92, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)
NBC (1955–65, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)

The Primetime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American prime time television programming. First given in 1949, the award was originally referred to as simply the “Emmy Awards” until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies were held in the 1970s, and the word “primetime” was added to distinguish between the two.

The Primetime Emmy Awards generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are currently seen in rotation among the four major networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC). Because of NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night NFL Football beginning in September, when NBC has had the rotation in 2006, 2010 and 2014, the Primetime Emmy Awards moved to late August for those years only.

The Emmy Awards are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music), and Tony Awards (for stage). The awards are divided into three categories: the Primetime Emmy Awards for television performance, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards.


Among the Primetime Emmy Award rules, a show must originally air on American television during the eligibility period between June 1 and May 31. In order to be considered a national primetime show, the program must air between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and to at least 50 percent of the country. A show that enters into the Primetime Emmy Awards cannot also be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards or any other national Emmy competition. For shows in syndication, whose air times vary between media markets, they can either be entered in the Daytime or Primetime Emmy Awards (provided they still reach the 50 percent national reach), but not in both. For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards if they normally air before 8 p.m (including the former “access hour” from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.); otherwise, they are only eligible for the Primetime Emmy Awards. For web television shows, they must be available for downloading or streaming to more than 50 percent of the country, and like shows in syndication they can only enter in one of the national Emmy competitions.

Entries must be submitted by the end of April, even if a show is not scheduled to originally air until the following month when the eligibility period ends in May. Most award categories also require entries to include DVDs or tape masters of the show. For most series categories, any six episodes that originally aired during the eligibility period must be submitted (programs that were cancelled before airing their sixth episode are thus ineligible). For most individual achievement categories, only one episode is required to be submitted; if an episode is a two-parter, both parts may be included on the submitted DVD.

Ballots to select the nominations are sent to Academy members in June. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories. All members can however vote for nominations in the best program categories. The final voting to determine the winners is held in August, and is done by judging panels. In June, the Academy solicits volunteers among its active members to serve on these panels. All active members may serve on the program panels; otherwise they are restricted to those categories within their own branch.


Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

The Primetime Emmy Awards are currently awarded in the following categories:

Acting — Lead ~ Male
Acting — Lead ~ Female
Acting — Supporting ~ Male
Acting — Supporting ~ Female

Creative Arts Emmys[edit]

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards are awarded in the following categories (some of which separately recognize work based on whether a single-camera or multi-camera setup was used):

  • Outstanding Commercial
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series, or Movie
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Period Series, Fantasy Series, Limited Series, or Movie
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single Camera Series
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special
Interactive Media
  • Outstanding Interactive Program
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media
Lighting Design / Lighting Direction
  • Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
  • Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction — Lighting Consultant
Main Title Design
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special (Prosthetic)
Picture Editing
Production Design
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
Special Visual Effects
Stunt Coordination
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie
Technical Direction
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
  • Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special

Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards[edit]

Retired categories[edit]

A number of awards have been retired throughout the years, including some that have been replaced by similar award categories in the Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, and other areas of recognition.


Overall wins by an actor, program, etc.[edit]

Overall nominations by an actor, program, etc.[edit]


  1. ^ a b The fifth and final season of Breaking Bad was split into two parts. They are both considered the final season.

See also[edit]


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