CBS Will Repeat Madam Secretary on Premiere Night, To Offset NFL Delay

Madam Secretary Double Premiere

And so it begins….

CBS will air the Madam Secretary pilot twice on its premiere night, to hopefully offset the effect of a pre-scheduled NFL delay.

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With CBS’ primetime line-up set to start a half-hour late, due to an NFL on CBS double-header, Madam Secretary will first premiere at 8:30/7:30c (leading out of 60 Minutes‘ season opener). That same episode will then encore at 10:30/9:30c, following The Good Wife‘s Season 6 premiere (which is pushed back to 9:30).

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West Coast viewers, however, won’t be subject to the staggered schedule. Instead, the programs will roll out on the hour — 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary encore — starting at 7 pm.