10:38am PT by Michael O'Connell
CBS Responds to NFL Doubleheaders by Pushing Sunday Series Back 30 Minutes
Frustrated residents in the Eastern and Central time zones, take note: CBS is tweaking its fall schedule to better accommodate NFL overages on Sunday nights.
The network said Tuesday that it will officially shift start times for its Sunday series -- 60 Minutes, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, The Good Wife and The Mentalist -- by a half-hour on days that it airs an NFL doubleheader.
The change, which starts Sunday, will only affect viewers in the Eastern half of the U.S., with Mountain and Pacific premiere times running as previously scheduled. Dates affected by the move are Sept. 16 and 23, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18 and Dec. 2, 16 and 30. DVRs will pick up the changes automatically.
Additionally, CBS has opened up an SMS text alert system, dubbed Eye-lerts, to inform those who signed up of adjusted start times.
CBS' Sunday lineup premieres in full Sept. 30, after Big Brother ends its summer run Sept. 23. The full list of new start times:
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:30 p.m. Big Brother (through Sept. 23)
8:30 p.m. The Amazing Race (starting Sept. 30)
9:30 p.m. The Good Wife
10:30 p.m. The Mentalist