Will the 2019 Daytime Emmys Be on TV? Here’s How to Watch the Awards

Daytime soap operas might not be as popular as they once were, but there are still plenty of fans tuning in to watch long-running dramas like The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives.

Those shows, along with morning shows, game shows, cooking shows, and other daytime programming will be honored Sunday, May 5 at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. But if you were hoping to tune in to watch the awards live on a major network, you’ll be disappointed. While the awards ceremony recognizes the best TV that airs between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 p.m., the ceremony itself is no longer broadcast on television.

The Daytime Emmys aren’t on TV, but you can stream the awards

The Daytime Emmys won’t air on broadcast TV this year, but you can watch the event live on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on YouTube and at EmmyOnline.Tv. The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on May 5. The red carpet coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Why aren’t the Daytime Emmys on TV?

Soap operas used to dominate daytime television, but they’re no longer the cultural force they once were. Twenty years ago, there were still a dozen daytime soaps airing, but now only four remain: The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restland, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

As soaps declined, so did interest in the Daytime Emmys. In 1993, nearly 22 million people watched the awards, which were broadcast during primetime on CBS. In 2015, the last time the awards aired on live TV, just 900,000 people tuned in. Since 2016, the awards have streamed online. At the time, officials with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said they couldn’t justify the high cost of a live television broadcast.

Who is nominated?

Camryn Grimes
Camryn Grimes accepts her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

This year’s Daytime Emmy nominees include:

Outstanding Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS), Days of Our Lives (NBC), General Hospital (ABC), The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Marci Miller, Days of Our Lives; Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful; Maura West, General Hospital; Jacqueline MacInnes, The Bold and the Beautiful; Laura Wright, General Hospital

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Maurice Benard, General Hospital; Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless; Tyler Christopher, Days of Our Lives; Billy Flynn, Days of Our Lives; Jon Lindstrom, General Hospital

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series: After Forever (Amazon Prime), The Bay The Series (Amazon Prime), Giants (YouTube), The New 30 (YouTube), Youth and Consequences (YouTube Premium)

Outstanding Game Show: Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let’s Make a Deal, The Price Is Right, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Outstanding Morning Program: CBS Sunday Morning, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Today Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, A Little Help with Carol Burnett, The Real, The Talk, The View

You can see the full list of nominees on the Emmys website.

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