It has been a source of frustration each week with fans of CBS Sunday night shows. CBS has tried to send email alerts, tweets, and most recently texts to solve this problem and warn fans of late start times with an inevitable NFL run-over. So, they’ve devised a new plan to curtail the issue … push back it’s Sunday night lineups by 30 minutes on days featuring NFL Doubleheaders. This change will ONLY affect Eastern and Central timezone viewers, who have lost and missed episodes of The Amazing Race, The Good Wife and other favorite CBS shows in the past.
So how will this work? Well, starting THIS Sunday (9.16.12), 60 Minutes will start at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT, Big Brother (and The Amazing Race after it’s 9/30 premiere) will start at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT, while The Good Wife and The Mentalist will start at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT and 10:30pm ET/9:30pm CT, respectively. DVRs will pick up the change and adjust accordingly. In addition to Sunday, the following dates will be affected by the change: Sept 23, Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4 & 18, and Dec 2, 16 & 30. Remember, you can keep track of all of this in our forum calendar, too!
If this isn’t enough for you, you can also sign up for Eye-lerts directly from CBS by clicking the link. CBS will also be providing The Mentalist on it’s website each week since the late starts will affect viewership. If you ask me, this is a great move on CBS’s part and should silence some concern. Shows may still not start on time, but the gap will be much narrower.