CBS to rebroadcast '60 Minutes'
Eastern and Central time zones - where 78 percent of Americans live - saw an 11-minute version of 60 Minutes, featuring Andy Rooney only, last Sunday. This Sunday they will see Mike Wallace's profile of New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, Lesley Stahl's report on President Lyndon Johnson's privately recorded audiotapes and Ed Bradley's segment on the volunteers who support the workers at the World Trade Centre.
Last Sunday, Pacific and Mountain Time Zones saw the Bradley World Trade Centre piece, Stahl's Johnson tapes and Christiane Amanpour's profile of Irish actor Richard Harris from the new Harry Potter film.
This Sunday, Western zones will lead with the Kerik piece, followed by Carol Marin's profile of author-media personality Studs Terkel and an update to Steve Kroft's airport security report first broadcast the week after the terrorist attacks. The Harris profile, seen only in the West last Sunday, and the Terkel segment will be repeated later this season.
The shortened 60 Minutes - 11 minutes featuring the ticking stopwatch, commercials, a Mike Wallace introduction and Andy Rooney's essay on "The American Flag" - delivered an 8.5 rating and a 13 share, according to Nielsen. It will be counted as a regular broadcast of 60 Minutes, but as just 11 minutes in a season average of more than 1,500 rated minutes.
Last Sunday's programme was the first truncated 60 Minutes broadcast in almost a decade. The last one occurred after CBS Sports coverage of the 1992 Super Bowl, when a 13-minute version featuring Steve Kroft's interview of presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, was broadcast.
A truncated 60 Minutes in football season was once the norm, however. In the middle 1970s, Hewitt had to prepare different length programmes to squeeze the broadcast into an elastic time period between football games in different time zones and the Network's entertainment programmes beginning at 8pm, ET. But when 60 Minutes entered Nielsen's top 10 programmes list in 1978 and finished number one in 1979, Network affiliates insisted the Network slide to accommodate a full 60 Minutes in football season.