When the Miss America Pageant (now formally known as the Miss America Competition) returns this year for its 100th anniversary after being scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, it won’t air on a traditional television network — the latest indication how TV culture is radically changing in the face of broadband technology that gives entertainment seekers whatever they want at the push of a button. The finale, set to stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock on Dec. 16 from the Mohegan Sun Arena, with feature a pre-show at 7 p.m. ET followed by a live competition show at 8. For the first time in the pageant’s history, viewers will be able to watch the program live no matter the time zone in which they live.
The 2016 Miss America Competition is set to air live on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The storied pageant returns to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 95th anniversary, the first show for Dick Clark Productions since it partnered with the Miss America Organization last year.