CBS to Push Sunday Slate Back 30 Minutes on Days of NFL Doubleheaders

CBS is trying out a new play it hopes will ease primetime confusion — and save fans of shows such as The Good Wife and The Mentalist much frustration! — on the days the network hosts NFL doubleheaders.

On Sundays featuring back-to-back afternoon football games, CBS will push back its entire primetime lineup half an hour in the Eastern and Central time zones. That means 60 Minutes will begin at 7:30/6:30c, leading into Big Brother/The Amazing Race at 8:30. The Good Wife follows at 9:30, and the relocated The Mentalist closes the night at 10:30.

Though DVRs and on-screen cable guides will automatically pick up on the shifts, the affected Sundays are as follows: Sept. 16 and 23; Oct. 7 and 21; Nov. 4 and 18; and Dec. 2, 16 and 30. Also to be noted: Primetime start times in Mountain and Pacific time zones will not change.

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The move is in response to doubleheader day overages – which traditionally make it difficult for fans to know exactly when primetime shows will begin – as well as NFL’s recently announced kickoff time change, which pushes everything back 10 minutes more.

It was previously confirmed that The Mentalist, which was at risk of airing at godknowswhen o’clock, will make full episodes available online the next day.

Fans of CBS’ Sunday evening programs can sign up for schedule alerts via email, text and social media at

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  1. xav says:

    And it probably still won’t be enough to not screw with people’s recordings

  2. Smigglesby says:

    at least they’re trying…i guess

  3. Still adding an extra hour, just in case.

  4. As long as The Good Wife’s ratings don’t suffer anymore, I’m more than happy with the decision.

  5. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    This was my concern when they moved The Mentalist to Sundays but they’ve been generous with the Good Wife so who knows?

  6. Yo' says:

    Last season I ended up not watching my favorite show, Good Wife, at all, because they messed with it so much I finally became invested in something else. They should put some of their better shows on other nights – or stick to half hour sitcoms on Sunday. They have been doing this for years and in the end I think they sabotage their own shows.

  7. nguber says:

    Reblogged this on iwatch2much and commented:
    YES!!! Great news for frustrated CBS fans. I don’t know why they didn’t do this sooner.

  8. Christina says:

    I’m glad I get the Canadian channels where the start times don’t get messed up because CBS does a very good job at doing that. Even with a 30 minute adjustment there will still be prolems

  9. mia says:

    I’m so glad I’m Canadian and don’t have to worry about this stuff. But I’m glad CBS is trying to make it easier on their viewers.

  10. Tammy says:

    this is why I record them in a different room so I can record an extra hour…… half an hour won’t be enough!

  11. Matthew C says:

    Will “The Good Wife” be available to watch online?

  12. Curly Girly says:

    This is exactly why I stopped watching CBS shows on Sunday nights! Too frustrating!!

  13. MelindaB says:

    We’ll see if it’s enough–I recorded TGW last season, and close to half of the episodes had part of the end cut off. This year I should get all of TGW because I also record The Mentalist, so that show will be the one to suffer if the times are even further shifted. No, I won’t add time, because our space is precious enough once the season gets into full swing. Sometimes shows build up for a few weeks because we only have time to watch the “must-see” shows, and sometimes we end up saving the whole season’s worth of a show and watching it in a couple of sessions during the summer.

  14. test says:

    If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you

  15. j.lawson says:

    cbs is not broadcasting a game tonite so why i turned on at nine oclock for under the dome and its not there take care of your watchers quite worrying about the other nets