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Daytime Emmys Vegas-bound

LOS ANGELES — The Daytime Emmy Awards are returning to an old network home but in a new city.

CBS announced Friday that it will broadcast the ceremony from Las Vegas this summer. The show had been in New York for more than three decades and then moved to Los Angeles in 2006.

With viewership up for other awards shows, including the Grammys, the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS may be betting that the Las Vegas Hilton setting will energize the broadcast.

The Daytime Emmys — which had traditionally rotated among CBS, ABC and NBC — saw ratings dive last year on the CW network. The show’s audience had eroded from nearly 22 million in 1993 to 5.4 million in 2008, but last year drew just 2.7 million viewers.

CBS took note of the “loyal and passionate following” for daytime series in its announcement.

Networks, however, have seen interest dwindle for a one-time mainstay of daytime TV, soap operas, and CBS canceled the longtime series “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” last year.

The Daytime Emmys, which honor a variety of programs ranging from soaps to talk shows to game shows, is scheduled to air June 27.

Nominations for the 37th annual ceremony will be announced May 12.

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