Grammys make a change

Awards show shifting to Wednesdays, starting Feb. 8

The 2006 Grammy Awards will again be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center, but will return to Wednesday night.

The 48th annual Grammys will be held Feb. 8 and air on CBS for the 33rd consecutive year.

Jack Sussman, CBS’ senior VP of specials, said the return to Wednesday was driven by ratings. (“It’s) a night that has historically provided this event with some of its highest rated broadcasts,” he said.

The Grammys have been held on Sunday nights for the past three years. Kudocast, which attracted nearly 19 million viewers in February, saw a 25% ratings dip from 2004 to the lowest point since 1997.

In 1998, a Wednesday telecast that featured Bob Dylan winning album of the year and Shawn Colvin taking home two of the top prizes nabbed a 17 rating and a 27 share. It was the highest rated non-Oscars kudocast since the 1993 Grammys.

Nominations in 108 categories will be announced in Los Angeles on Dec. 7.

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