Sad news for those of you who were eager to check out the new episode of “The Mentalist” Sunday night entitled “Fire and Brimstone”: Thanks to the beast known as NFL football, which continues to be prioritized over everything thanks to a billion or so people watching it, CBS decided that they would rather hold off airing an important hour of television since it would be starting so late.
The network confirmed tonight that the episode will be preempted, and a repeat will be airing in its place starting at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time. This means that had the show aired a new episode tonight, it would have been close to midnight before it was over. We do understand why the network made this decision, since they want the show to get ratings on the East Coast and the Central time zones rather than just having everyone go to bed. Will this annoy a huge percentage of the fan base? For sure, but at least the network is concerned about trying to get people to watch the show.
As for airings in other countries, we’ll have some more news on that later tonight. But if there is an airing elsewhere, we will be tagging everything appropriately so you are not spoiled in the event that you haven’t seen the episode yet. Regardless of when you end up seeing it, what we can say about this for the time being is that there is going to be some more clues dropped on the Red John investigation; after this one airs, there are only going to be two more until the case seemingly is at an end.
What’s your reaction to this news, and do you think that football is starting to become such an inconvenience that CBS should not even program Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. anymore? Sound off in the comment box below! If you want to read some more news related to this episode, click here if you are interested in seeing a sneak peek featuring Patrick Jane and some of the Red John suspects.