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CBS moving Sunday shows back for football overrun

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mwhip, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

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    CBS needs to come to grips with the fact that it can't have both the NFL Sunday package and four hours of Prime Time on Sunday. It just can't.
     
  2. lew

    lew Active Member

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    TV viewers have to come to grips with the fact that CBS has decided it will delay the start of their Sunday night programs so that CBS can have both the NFL Sunday package and still air their Sunday night programming in its entirety.
     
  3. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

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    I have no problem with "prime time" that goes from 8 through midnight, if the affiliates will let them get away with it. Just schedule the shows at times when they're actually likely to air.

    In practice, does 60 Minutes ever start before 7:30 on a day with a 4:00 ET national game? Is there *any* reason to believe it will start on time now?
     
  4. That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

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    Since the second games of doubleheaders used to start at 4:15, I don't think 60 Minutes ever started before 7:30 Eastern; every 4:15 game would have had to end by 7:15 in order to allow enough time for a post-game show and then a 7:25 start. In fact, there may have been a "ratings rule" at one point (and, for all I know, it still exists) where if nationally-televised NFL coverage runs until/past 7:30 Eastern, it counts as a program for prime-time ratings, so CBS could have made it a point to pad the post-game show to 7:30 if necessary (I know Fox did).

    Keep in mind that games became longer after the recent rule change where all touchdowns are automatically reviewed by the instant replay official; this may have been a factor in moving the starting times from 4:15 to 4:25.
     

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