The folks over at CBS have finally done DVR users all around America a favor: they have finally managed to concede that Sunday afternoon coverage of NFL games is probably not going to be over when it is supposed to be.
In a statement, the network announced that on Sundays in which there is an afternoon football game airing on their network, we will see all of the regularly-scheduled programming pushed back half an our on the schedule. Therefore, “60 Minutes” will “air” at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, while “The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Mentalist” will follow in the same sort of order.
As for the reason behind the change, the answer seems to be really quite simple: this way, the network does not lose any viewers out of frustration that the games are running too long. While it’s still possible that they could air late, it’s probably not going to be any more than just 30 minutes at most after this specified time. (Last year, there were a few 45 minute waits that were rather excruciating.) This keeps people a little bit more patient, and DVR users have something to program around that is a little bit easier than just having to record early two hours of content just to make sure that they get one show. With the NFL ratings being what they are, we know that the sports programming here will always come before the network’s actual primetime lineup. All we are hoping here is that somehow, football will provide better lead-ins than ever for “The Amazing Race” and some of the other shows.
Do you think this is a smart move considering that these shows were never starting on time, especially since the afternoon NFL games have pushed back their start times to 4:25 p.m. Eastern? We want to hear some more of your thoughts below! If you want to check out the full cast for “The Amazing Race” this season, you can do so over at the link here.