So Channel 13, our local CBS station, announced Monday that it soon will start airing its weeknd prime-time programs an hour earlier - meaning that "60 Minutes" will start at 6 p.m. starting Aug. 27.
Considering that the majority of "60 Minutes'" viewers (not to mention the show's correspondents) are in bed by 7 p.m., maybe Channel 13 president Bruno Cohen should have pushed for a 4 p.m. start
"That's the joke going around the station today," Cohen says.
But seriously - Cohen received permission from the network to move all of CBS' weekend prime-time programming up an hour here in Sactown. KOVR already airs its weeknight prime-time lineup between 7 and 10 p.m.
“So this brings us all in line and avoids viewer confusion,” Cohen says.
For several years now, Channel 13 has been the nation's only non-Mountain Time station to run prime-time programming beginning at 7 p.m. The standard prime-time hours are 8 to 11 p.m.
In the fall, CBS’ other prime-time programs airing Sundays will be “The Amazing Race” at 7 p.m., “Cold Case” at 8 p.m. and “Without a Trace” at 9 p.m. On Saturday nights, “48 Hours” will air at 9 p.m. instead of its usual 10 p.m.
After the (less) late-night news at 10 p.m. on weekends, Channel 13 also will add a locally produced, late-night sports wrap-up show, as yet unnamed, starting Sept. 9 to coincide with the start of the National Football League season. The show will air both Saturday and Sunday nights and be hosted by newly hired sportscasters Keith Norton and Arran Andersen.