3rd Primetime Emmy Awards
DateJanuary 23, 1951
LocationAmbassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byEarl Warren
Best Dramatic ShowPulitzer Prize Playhouse
Best Variety ShowThe Alan Young Show
Television/radio coverage
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The 3rd Emmy Awards, retroactively known as the 3rd Primetime Emmy Awards after the debut of the Daytime Emmy Awards, were presented at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California on January 23, 1951.

This would be the last year that the Emmys were primarily given out to shows that were produced or aired in the Los Angeles area. Starting with the 4th Annual Emmy Awards, nominations were considered on a national television network basis.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[1][2]


Best Games and Audience Participation Show
Best Cultural Show
  • Campus Chorus and Orchestra (KTSL)
    • Designed for Women (KNBH)
    • Vienna Philharmonic (KTTV)
    • Sunset Service (KNBH)
    • The Woman's Voice (KTTV)
Best Educational Show
  • KFI-TV University (KFI)
    • Kieran's Kaleidoscope (KECA)
    • Know Your Schools (KFI)
    • Magazine of the Week (KTLA)
    • Zoo Parade (KNBH)
Best News Program
  • KTLA Newsreel (KTLA)
    • Clete Roberts (KLAC)
    • Ford News and Weather (KNBH)
    • Fleetwood Lawton (KTSL)
Best Sports Program
  • Los Angeles Rams Football (KNBH)
    • College Basketball Games (KTTV)
    • College Football Games (KTTV)
    • Hollywood Baseball (KLAC)
    • Los Angeles Baseball (KFI)
Best Public Service
  • City at Night (KTLA)
    • Classified Column (KTTV)
    • In Our Time (KTTV)
    • Community Chest Kickoff
    • Teleforum (KTLA)
    • Marshall Plan (KECA)


Best Actor
Best Actress


Most Outstanding Personality

Special Events

Special Events
Best Special Events
  • Departure of Marines to Korea (KTLA)
    • Arrival of Cruiser from Korea (KTLA)
    • Commissioning of Hospital Ship Haven
    • Election Coverage (KECA)
    • Tournament of Roses (KECA)

Station Awards


  1. ^ "Top TV Awards Nominations Listed; Winners to Be Announced Tuesday". Los Angeles Times. January 20, 1951. p. II-16. Retrieved October 2, 2022 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Emmys.com list of 1951 Nominees & Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.