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 www.cbs.com/eye-lerts.