The Golden Globes, which have taken place on Monday for the past two years, are moving back to Sunday night. The 65th annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 13, by NBC at 7 p.m., the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. said Monday.
The Globes moved to Monday in 2006 to avoid a second head-to-head ratings confrontation with ABC’s then red-hot Sunday night lineup, anchored by ‘‘Desperate Housewives,’’ which had cut into the Globes’ ratings in 2005.
Monday worked equally well for the HFPA since it marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and as a federal and state holiday, it eliminated much of the traffic at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, allowing the authorities to set up traffic patterns to accommodate the show at the Beverly Hilton.
But in 2008, the King observance will take place a week later than usual on Monday, Jan. 21. Since the HFPA did not want to hold its ceremony that late, it opted to move to Jan. 13 and not Jan. 14, since the latter is a regular workday, and the weekday traffic along the Wilshire corridor would collide with that generated by the event.
Although the networks have not yet announced their schedules for next season, ABC’s Sunday night lineup, which still boasts ‘‘Housewives,’’ has been showing some weakness, while NBC’s Monday night lineup, which includes ‘‘Heroes,’’ has picked up strength.
The Hollywood Reporter