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60 Minutes
60 Minutes
is an American newsmagazine television program broadcast on the CBS
CBS
television network. Debuting in 1968, the program was created by Don Hewitt, who chose to set it apart from other news programs by using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. In 2002, 60 Minutes was ranked #6 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time[4] and in 2013, it was ranked #24 on TV Guide's 60 Best Series of All Time.[5] The New York Times
The New York Times
has called it "one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television".[6] Season 50 debuted on September 24, 2017.

Contents

1 Broadcast history

1.1 Early years 1.2 Effects from the Prime Time Access Rule

1.2.1 Pre-emptions since 1978

1.3 Radio broadcast and Internet distribution

2 Format

2.1 Reporting tone 2.2 "Point/Counterpoint" segment 2.3 Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
segment 2.4 Opening sequence 2.5 Web content 2.6 iPad content

3 Correspondents and hosts

3.1 Current correspondents and commentators 3.2 Former correspondents and hosts 3.3 Commentators

4 Ratings and recognition

4.1 Nielsen ratings 4.2 Recognition

4.2.1 Emmy Awards 4.2.2 Peabody Awards 4.2.3 Other awards 4.2.4 Impact on innocent victims

4.3 Longest-running primetime show

5 Controversies

5.1 Unintended acceleration 5.2 Alar 5.3 Werner Erhard 5.4 Brown & Williamson 5.5 U.S. Customs Service 5.6 Kennewick Man 5.7 Timothy McVeigh 5.8 Viacom/ CBS
CBS
cross-promotion 5.9 Killian documents controversy 5.10 "The Internet Is Infected" episode and the false hacker photo 5.11 Benghazi report 5.12 NSA report 5.13 Tesla Automaker report

6 Spin-offs

6.1 30 Minutes 6.2 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
More 6.3 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
II 6.4 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
on CNBC 6.5 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
Sports

7 25th anniversary edition 8 International versions

8.1 Australia 8.2 Germany 8.3 New Zealand 8.4 Portugal 8.5 Chile 8.6 Other versions

9 See also 10 References 11 Sources 12 Further reading 13 External links

Broadcast history[edit] Early years[edit]

Since 1968, the opening of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
features a stopwatch.[7] The Aristo (Heuer) design first appeared in 1978. On October 29, 2006, the background changed to red, the title text color changed to white, and the stopwatch was shifted to the upright position. This version was used from 1992 to 2006 (the Eurostile
Eurostile
font text was changed in 1998).

External video

Panel discussion on the 30th anniversary of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
at the Newseum, featuring Ed Bradley, Esther Hartigainer, Don Hewitt, Josh Howard, Steve Kroft, Mary Lieberthal, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Philip Scheffler, Lesley Stahl, and Mike Wallace

The program employed a magazine format, similar to that of the Canadian program W5, which had premiered two years earlier. It pioneered many of the most important investigative journalism procedures and techniques, including re-editing interviews, hidden cameras, and "gotcha journalism" visits to the home or office of an investigative subject.[8] Similar programs sprang up in Australia and Canada during the 1970s, as well as on local television news.[8] Initially, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
aired as a bi-weekly show hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace, debuting on September 24, 1968, and alternating weeks with other CBS News
CBS News
productions on Tuesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first edition, described by Reasoner in the opening as a "kind of a magazine for television," featured the following segments:

A look inside the headquarters suites of presidential candidates Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
and Hubert Humphrey
Hubert Humphrey
during their respective parties' national conventions that summer; Commentary by European writers Malcolm Muggeridge, Peter von Zahn, and Luigi Barzini, Jr. on the American electoral system; A commentary by political columnist Art Buchwald; An interview with then-Attorney General Ramsey Clark
Ramsey Clark
about police brutality; "A Digression," a brief, scripted piece in which two silhouetted men (one of them Andy Rooney) discuss the presidential campaign; An abbreviated version of an Academy Award-winning short film by Saul Bass, Why Man Creates; and A meditation by Wallace and Reasoner on the relation between perception and reality. Wallace said that the show aimed to "reflect reality".

The first "magazine-cover" chroma key was a photo of two helmeted policemen (for the Clark interview segment). Wallace and Reasoner sat in chairs on opposite sides of the set, which had a cream-colored backdrop; the more famous black backdrop (which is still used as of 2017[update]) did not appear until the following year. The logo was in Helvetica
Helvetica
type with the word "Minutes" spelled in all lower-case letters; the logo most associated with the show (rendered in Eurostile type with "Minutes" spelled in uppercase) did not appear until about 1974. Further, to extend the magazine motif, the producers added a "Vol. xx, No. xx" to the title display on the chroma key; modeled after the volume and issue number identifications featured in print magazines, this was used until about 1971. The trademark stopwatch, however, did not appear on the inaugural broadcast; it would not debut until several episodes later. Alpo dog food was the sole sponsor of the first program.[3] Don Hewitt, who had been a producer of the CBS
CBS
Evening News with Walter Cronkite, sought out Wallace as a stylistic contrast to Reasoner.[9] According to one historian of the show, the idea of the format was to make the hosts the reporters, to always feature stories that were of national importance but focused upon individuals involved with, or in conflict with, those issues, and to limit the reports' airtime to around 13 minutes.[9] However, the initial season was troubled by lack of network confidence, as the program did not garner ratings much higher than that of other CBS News
CBS News
documentaries. As a rule, during that era, news programming during prime time lost money; networks mainly scheduled public affairs programs in prime time in order to bolster the prestige of their news departments, and thus boost ratings for the regular evening newscasts, which were seen by far more people than documentaries and the like. 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
struggled under that stigma during its first three years. Changes to 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
came fairly early in the program's history. When Reasoner left CBS
CBS
to co-anchor ABC's evening newscast (he would return to CBS
CBS
and 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
in 1978), Morley Safer
Morley Safer
joined the team in 1970, and he took over Reasoner's duties of reporting less aggressive stories. However, when Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
began targeting press access and reporting, even Safer, formerly the CBS News
CBS News
bureau chief in Saigon and London, began to do "hard" investigative reports, and during the 1970–71 season alone 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
reported on cluster bombs, the South Vietnamese Army, draft dodgers, Nigeria, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.[10] Effects from the Prime Time Access Rule[edit]

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
Norton A. Schwartz
in an interview with Lara Logan, April 15, 2009.

By 1971, the Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) introduced the Prime Time Access Rule, which freed local network affiliates in the top 50 markets (in practice, the entire network) to take a half-hour of prime time from the networks on Mondays through Saturdays and one full hour on Sundays. Because nearly all affiliates found production costs for the FCC's intended goal of increased public affairs programming very high and the ratings (and by association, advertising revenues) low, making it mostly unprofitable, the FCC created an exception for network-authored news and public affairs shows. After a six-month hiatus in late 1971, CBS
CBS
found a prime place for 60 Minutes in a portion of that displaced time, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Eastern; 5:00 to 6:00 Central Time) on Sundays, in January 1972.[10] This proved somewhat less than satisfactory, however, because in order to accommodate CBS' telecasts of late afternoon National Football League (NFL) football games, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
went on hiatus during the fall from 1972 to 1975 (and the summer of 1972). This took place because football telecasts were protected contractually from interruptions in the wake of the infamous "Heidi Bowl" incident on NBC
NBC
in November 1968. Despite the irregular scheduling, the program's hard-hitting reports attracted a steadily growing audience, particularly during the waning days of the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
and the gripping events of the Watergate scandal; at that time, few if any other major network news shows did in-depth investigative reporting to the degree carried out by 60 Minutes. Eventually, during the summers of 1973 through 1975, CBS
CBS
did allow the program back onto the prime time schedule proper, on Fridays in 1973 and Sundays the two years thereafter, as a replacement for programs aired during the regular television season. It was only when the FCC returned an hour to the networks on Sundays (for news or family programming), which had been taken away from them four years earlier, in a 1975 amendment to the Access Rule, that CBS finally found a viable permanent timeslot for 60 Minutes. When a family-oriented drama, Three for the Road, ended after a 12-week run in the fall, the newsmagazine took its place at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 Central) on December 7. It has aired at that time since, for 42 years as of 2017[update], making 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
not only the longest-running prime time program currently in production, but also the television program (excluding daily programs such as evening newscasts or morning news-talk shows) broadcasting for the longest length of time at a single time period each week in U.S. television history.[citation needed] This move, and the addition of then-White House correspondent Dan Rather to the reporting team, made the program into a strong ratings hit and, eventually, a general cultural phenomenon. This was no less than a stunning reversal of the historically poor ratings performances of documentary programs on network television. By 1976, 60 Minutes became the top-rated program on Sunday nights in the U.S. By 1979, it had achieved the #1 spot among all television programs in the Nielsen ratings, unheard of before for a news broadcast in prime time. This success translated into great profits for CBS; advertising rates went from $17,000 per 30-second spot in 1975 to $175,000 in 1982.[11] The program sometimes does not start until after 7:00 p.m. Eastern, due largely to CBS' live broadcast of NFL games. At the conclusion of an NFL game, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
will air in its entirety. However, on the West Coast (and all of the Mountain Time Zone), because the actual end of the live games is much earlier in the afternoon in comparison to the Eastern and Central time zones, 60 Minutes is always able to start at its normal start time of 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, leaving affiliates free to broadcast local news, the CBS
CBS
Evening News, and other local or syndicated programming leading up to 60 Minutes. The program's success has also led CBS
CBS
Sports to schedule events (such as the final round of the Masters Tournament
Masters Tournament
and the second round and regional final games of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament) leading into 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
and the rest of the network's primetime lineup, thus (again, except on the West Coast) pre-empting the Sunday editions of the CBS
CBS
Evening News and affiliates' local newscasts. Starting in the 2012-13 season, in order to accompany a new NFL rule that the second game of an NFL doubleheader start at 4:25pm, CBS officially changed the start time of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
to 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sundays in Eastern and Central Time Zone
Central Time Zone
markets when there is an NFL doubleheader scheduled to air (there are nine doubleheaders during the NFL season – eight during the first 16 weeks of the season, and the final week) to protect against overruns. The start time remains at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time in markets where only a single game is set to air (markets that have only a 1:00 p.m. Eastern time game on single game weeks, and in markets where a home team's NFL game is on Fox at 4:05 p.m., meaning CBS cannot air a doubleheader because of restrictions imposed by the NFL).[12] Pre-emptions since 1978[edit] The program has rarely been pre-empted since 1978. Two notable pre-emptions occurred in 1976 and 1977, to make room for the annual telecast of The Wizard of Oz, which had recently returned to CBS
CBS
after having been shown on NBC
NBC
for eight years. However, CBS
CBS
would, in later years, schedule the film so that it would no longer pre-empt 60 Minutes. Another exception is on years when CBS
CBS
airs the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
or since 2003, alternating, odd-numbered years where the AFC Championship Game has the 6:30 p.m. Eastern start time, which is played into prime-time and followed by a special lead-out program.[citation needed] On September 22, 2013, CBS
CBS
chose to pre-empt 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
as a result of carrying the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards
65th Primetime Emmy Awards
after an NFL doubleheader.[13] Radio broadcast and Internet distribution[edit] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
is also simulcast on several former CBS
CBS
Radio flagship stations now owned by Entercom
Entercom
(such as KYW in Philadelphia, W CBS
CBS
in New York City, KNX in Los Angeles, WBBM in Chicago, WWJ in Detroit
Detroit
and K CBS
CBS
in San Francisco) when it airs locally on their sister CBS Television Network affiliate; even in the Central and Eastern time zones, the show is aired at the top of the hour at 7 p.m./6 p.m Central (barring local sports play-by-play pre-emptions and breaking news coverage) no matter how long the show is delayed on CBS Television, resulting in radio listeners often hearing the show on those stations ahead of the television broadcast. An audio version of each broadcast without advertising began to be distributed via podcast and the iTunes Store, starting with the September 23, 2007 broadcast.[14] Video from 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(including full episodes) is also made available for streaming several hours after the program's initial broadcast on CBSNews.com and CBS
CBS
All Access. Format[edit] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
consists of three long-form news stories, without superimposed graphics. There is a commercial break between two stories. Each story is introduced from a set with a backdrop resembling pages from a magazine story on the same topic. The program undertakes its own investigations and follows up on investigations instigated by national newspapers and other sources. Unlike its most famous competitor 20/20 as well as traditional local and national news programs, the 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
journalists never share the screen with (or speak to) other 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
journalists on camera at any time. This creates a strong psychological sense of intimacy between the journalist and the television viewer. Reporting tone[edit] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
blends the probing journalism of the seminal 1950s CBS series See It Now with Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
(a show for which Hewitt served as the director for its first few years) and the personality profiles of another Murrow program, Person to Person. In Hewitt's own words, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
blends "higher Murrow" and "lower Murrow".[15] "Point/Counterpoint" segment[edit] For most of the 1970s, the program included Point/Counterpoint, in which a liberal and a conservative commentator debated a particular issue. This segment originally featured James J. Kilpatrick representing the conservative side and Nicholas von Hoffman[16] for the liberal, with Shana Alexander[17] taking over for von Hoffman after he departed in 1974.[18] The segment was an innovation that caught the public imagination as a live version of competing editorials. In 1979, Alexander asked Hewitt to raise the pay of $350 a week, Hewitt declined, and the segment ended.[19] Point/Counterpoint was also lampooned by the NBC
NBC
comedy series Saturday Night Live, which featured Jane Curtin
Jane Curtin
and Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
as debaters, with Aykroyd announcing the topic, Curtin making an opening statement, then Aykroyd typically retorting with, "Jane, you ignorant slut" and Curtin with "Dan, you pompous ass".[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27] In the 1980 film Airplane!, in which the faux Kilpatrick argues in favor of the plane crashing; and in the earlier sketch comedy film, The Kentucky Fried Movie, where the segment was called "Count/Pointercount". A similar concept was revived briefly in March 2003, this time featuring Bob Dole
Bob Dole
and Bill Clinton, former opponents in the 1996 presidential election. The pair agreed to do ten segments, called "Clinton/Dole" and "Dole/Clinton" in alternating weeks, but did not continue into the 2003–04 fall television season. Reports indicated that the segments were considered too gentlemanly, in the style of the earlier "Point/Counterpoint", and lacked the feistiness of Crossfire.[28] Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
segment[edit] From 1978 to 2011, the program usually ended with a (usually light-hearted and humorous) commentary by Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
expounding on topics of wildly varying import, ranging from international politics, to economics, and to personal philosophy on everyday life. One recurring topic was measuring the amount of coffee in coffee cans.[29] Rooney's pieces, particularly one in which he referred to actor Mel Gibson as a "wacko", on occasion led to complaints from viewers. In 1990, Rooney was suspended without pay for three months by then-CBS News President David Burke, because of the negative publicity around his saying that "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual unions, cigarettes [are] all known to lead to premature death."[30] He wrote an explanatory letter to a gay organization after being ordered not to do so. After only four weeks without Rooney, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
lost 20% of its audience. CBS
CBS
management then decided that it was in the best interest of the network to have Rooney return immediately.[31] Rooney published several books documenting his contributions to the program, including Years Of Minutes and A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney. Rooney retired from 60 Minutes, delivering his final commentary on October 2, 2011; it was his 1,097th commentary over his 34-year career on the program. He died one month later, on November 4, 2011. The November 13, 2011, edition of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
featured an hour-long tribute to Rooney and his career, and included a rebroadcast of his final commentary segment. Opening sequence[edit] The opening sequence features a 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
"magazine cover" with the show's trademark, an Aristo stopwatch, intercut with preview clips of the episode's stories. The sequence ends with each of the current correspondents and hosts introducing themselves. The last host who appears (currently Bill Whitaker) then says, "Those stories tonight on 60 Minutes". When Rooney was a prominent fixture, the final line was "Those stories and Andy Rooney, tonight on 60 Minutes". Before that, and whenever Rooney did not appear, the final line was "Those stories and more, tonight on 60 Minutes". 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
was the first, and remains the only, regularly scheduled program in the U.S. to never have used theme music.[citation needed] The only "theme" is the ticking of the stopwatch, which counts off each of the broadcast's titular 60 minutes, starting from zero at the beginning of each show. It is seen during the opening title sequence, before each commercial break, and at the tail-end of the closing credits, and each time it appears it displays (within reasonable accuracy) the elapsed time of the episode to that point. On October 29, 2006, the opening sequence changed from a black background, which had been used for over a decade, to white. Also, the gray background for the Aristo stopwatch in the "cover" changed to red, the color for the title text changed to white, and the stopwatch itself changed from the diagonal position it had been oriented in for 31 years to an upright position.[citation needed] Web content[edit] Videos and transcripts of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
editions, as well as clips that were not included in the broadcast are available on the program's website. In September 2010, the program launched a website called "60 Minutes Overtime", in which stories broadcast on-air are discussed in further detail.[32] iPad content[edit] CBS
CBS
Interactive released a mobile app in 2013, " 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
for iPad", which allows users to watch 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
on iPad devices and access some of the show's archival footage. Correspondents and hosts[edit] Current correspondents and commentators[edit]

Current hosts

Steve Kroft
Steve Kroft
(host, 1989–present, co-editor) Lesley Stahl
Lesley Stahl
(host, 1991–present, co-editor) Scott Pelley
Scott Pelley
(host, 2003–present) Lara Logan
Lara Logan
(part-time correspondent, 2005–12; host, 2012–present)[1] Bill Whitaker (host, 2014–present)

Current part-time correspondents

Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
(2006–present) Norah O'Donnell
Norah O'Donnell
(2015–present) Sharyn Alfonsi
Sharyn Alfonsi
(2015–present) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2017–present)

Former correspondents and hosts[edit]

Former hosts

Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
† (host, 1968–70 and 1978–91) Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
† (host, 1968–2006; correspondent emeritus 2006–08) Morley Safer
Morley Safer
† (part-time correspondent, 1968–70; host, 1970–2016)[33] Dan Rather
Dan Rather
(part-time correspondent, 1968–75; host, 1975–81 and 2005–06) Ed Bradley
Ed Bradley
† (part-time correspondent, 1976–81; host, 1981–2006)[34] Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer
(part-time correspondent, 1981–84; host, 1984–89) Meredith Vieira
Meredith Vieira
(part-time correspondent, 1982–85 and 1991–93; host, 1990–91) Bob Simon
Bob Simon
† (1996–2015)[35] Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour
(part-time correspondent, 1996–2000; host, 2000–05)

Former part-time correspondents

Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
† (1968–81) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
† (1968–79) Roger Mudd
Roger Mudd
(1968–80) Bill Plante (1968–95) Eric Sevareid † (1968–69) John Hart (1969–75) Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer
(1973–96) Morton Dean
Morton Dean
(1975–79) Marlene Sanders
Marlene Sanders
(1978–87) Charles Osgood (1981–94) Forrest Sawyer (1985–87) Connie Chung
Connie Chung
(1990–93) Paula Zahn
Paula Zahn
(1990–99) John Roberts (1992–2005) Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitchell
(1995–98) Carol Marin (1997–2002)[36] Bryant Gumbel
Bryant Gumbel
(1998–2002) Katie Couric
Katie Couric
(2006–11) Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts
(2009–13)[37] Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart
(2012) Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta
(2011–14) Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
(2008–17)

Commentators[edit] Commentators for 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
have included:

James J. Kilpatrick † (conservative debater, 1971–79) Nicholas von Hoffman † (liberal debater, 1971–74) Shana Alexander † (liberal debater, 1975–79) Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
† (commentator, 1978–2011) Stanley Crouch (commentator, 1996) Molly Ivins
Molly Ivins
† (liberal commentator, 1996) P. J. O'Rourke
P. J. O'Rourke
(conservative commentator, 1996) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
(liberal debater, 2003) Bob Dole
Bob Dole
(conservative debater, 2003)

† = Deceased Ratings and recognition[edit] Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Time Rank Rating

1968–69 Tuesday at 10:00-11:00 PM N/A

1969–70

1970–71

1971–72 Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM

1972–73 Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM (January - June 1973) Friday at 8:00-9:00 PM (June - September 1973)

1973–74 Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM (January - June 1974) Sunday at 9:30-10:30 PM (July - September 1974)

1974–75 Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM (September 1974 - June 1975) Sunday at 9:30-10:30 PM (July - September 1975)

1975–76 Sunday at 7:00-8:00 PM

1976–77 18 21.9[a]

1977–78 4 24.4[b]

1978–79 6 25.5

1979–80 1 28.4

1980–81 3 27.0

1981–82 2 27.7

1982–83 1 25.5

1983–84 2 24.2

1984–85 4 22.2

1985–86 23.9

1986–87 6 23.3

1987–88 8 20.6

1988–89 5 21.7

1989–90 7 19.7

1990–91 2 20.6

1991–92 1 21.9

1992–93

1993–94 20.9

1994–95 6 17.2

1995–96 9 14.2

1996–97 11 13.3

1997–98 7 13.8

1998–99 13.2

1999–2000 8 12.0

2000–01 15 11.1

2001–02 13 10.1

2002–03 17 9.6

2003–04 16 9.4

2004–05 9.2[c]

2005–06 21 9.0[d]

2006–07 20 8.7[e]

2007–08 17 8.4

2008–09 14 8.9

2009–10 17 8.4

2010–11 12[f]

2011–12 14 8.3

2012–13 Sunday at 7:00-8:00 PM OR 7:30-8:30 PM (if CBS
CBS
has 4:25 PM NFL game) 16 8.0[g]

2013–14 17 7.7

2014–15 7.8[h]

2015–16 15 7.7

2016–17 12 12.4

^ Tied with Hawaii Five-O ^ Tied with Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
and All in the Family ^ Tied with Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit ^ Tied with Deal or No Deal — Wednesday ^ Tied with Shark ^ Tied with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ^ Tied with Criminal Minds ^ Tied with Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy
and Hawaii Five-0

Based on ratings, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
is the most successful program in U.S. television history, since it was moved into its present timeslot in 1975. For five of its seasons it has been that year's top program, a feat matched by the sitcoms All in the Family
All in the Family
and The Cosby Show, and surpassed only by the reality competition series American Idol, which had been the #1 show for eight consecutive seasons from the 2003–04 television season up to the 2010–11 season. 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
was a top ten show for 23 seasons in a row (1977–2000), an unsurpassed record.[38] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
first broke into the Nielsen Top 20 during the 1976–77 season. The following season, it was the fourth-most-watched program, and by 1979–80, it was the number one show.[38] During the 21st century, it remains among the top 20 programs in the Nielsen ratings, and the highest-rated news magazine.[39] The November 16, 2008, edition, featuring an interview with President-Elect Barack Obama, earned a total viewership of 25.1 million viewers.[40] The October 6, 2013, edition (which was delayed by 44 minutes that evening due to a Denver Broncos- Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
NFL game) drew 17.94 million viewers; retaining 63% of the 28.32 million viewers of its lead-in, and making it the most watched 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
broadcast since December 16, 2012.[41][42] The December 1, 2013, edition (delayed 50 minutes due to a Broncos- Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
game) was watched by 18.09 million viewers, retaining 66% of its NFL lead-in (which earned 28.11 million viewers during the 7:00 p.m. hour).[43] The March 25, 2018, edition featuring Stormy Daniels
Stormy Daniels
giving details on her alleged affair with President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
drew 22.1 million viewers, the most since the aforementioned Obama interview in 2008. The broadcast was delayed due to the NCAA men's basketball regional final on CBS
CBS
between Kansas and Duke going to overtime.[44][45] Recognition[edit] Emmy Awards[edit] As of June 26, 2017, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
had won a total of 138 Emmy Awards, a record unsurpassed by any other primetime program on U.S. television.[38][46] Peabody Awards[edit]

Henry Schuster at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards
Peabody Awards
for 60 Minutes-Lifeline

The program has won 20 Peabody Awards
Peabody Awards
for segments including "All in the Family", an investigation into abuses by government and military contractors; "The CIA's Cocaine", which uncovered CIA involvement in drug smuggling; "Friendly Fire", a report on incidents of friendly fire in the Gulf War; "The Duke Rape Case", an investigation into accusations of rape at an off campus lacrosse team party in 2006; and "The Killings in Haditha", an investigation into the killing of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines.[47] Other awards[edit] The show received an Investigative Reporter and Editor medal for their segment "The Osprey", documenting a Marine cover-up of deadly flaws in the V-22 Osprey
V-22 Osprey
aircraft.[citation needed] Impact on innocent victims[edit] In 1983, a report by Morley Safer, "Lenell Geter's in Jail", helped exonerate a Texas man who was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for armed robbery.[48] Longest-running primetime show[edit] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
currently holds the record for the longest continuously running program of any genre scheduled during American network prime time; it has aired at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sundays since December 7, 1975 (although since 2012, it is officially scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sundays where a CBS
CBS
affiliate has a late NFL game). The longer-running Meet the Press
Meet the Press
has also aired in prime time. Debuting in 1947, it has been a daytime program since 1965. The Walt Disney anthology television series, which premiered in 1954, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame, which has aired since 1951, have aired longer than 60 Minutes, but none of them has aired in prime time continually, as 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
has done.[citation needed] Controversies[edit] The show has been praised for landmark journalism and received many awards. However, it has also become embroiled in some controversy, including (in order of appearance): Unintended acceleration[edit] On November 23, 1986, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
aired a segment greenlit by Hewitt, concerning the Audi 5000
Audi 5000
automobile, a popular German luxury car. The story covered a supposed problem of "unintended acceleration" when the brake pedal was pushed, with emotional interviews with six people who sued Audi
Audi
(unsuccessfully) after they crashed their cars, including one woman whose 6-year-old boy had been killed. In the 60 Minutes segment footage was shown of an Audi 5000
Audi 5000
with the accelerator "moving down on its own", accelerating the car. It later emerged that an expert witness employed by one of the plaintiffs modified the accelerator with a concealed device, causing the "unintended acceleration".[49] Independent investigators concluded that this "unintended acceleration" was most likely due to driver error, where the driver let their foot slip off the brake and onto the accelerator. Tests by Audi
Audi
and independent journalists showed that even with the throttle wide open, the car would simply stall if the brakes were actually being used.[50] The incident devastated Audi
Audi
sales in the United States, which did not rebound for 15 years. The initial incidents which prompted the report were found by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
and Transport Canada
Transport Canada
to have been attributable to operator error, where car owners had depressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. CBS
CBS
issued a partial retraction, without acknowledging the test results of involved government agencies.[51] Years later, Dateline NBC, a rival to 60 Minutes, was found guilty of similar tactics regarding the fuel tank integrity of General Motors pickup trucks.[52] Alar[edit] In February 1989, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
aired a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council claiming that the use of daminozide (Alar) on apples presented an unacceptably high health risk to consumers. Apple
Apple
sales dropped and CBS
CBS
was sued unsuccessfully by apple growers.[53] Alar was subsequently banned for use on food crops in the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Werner Erhard[edit] On March 3, 1991, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
broadcast "Werner Erhard," which dealt with controversies involving Erhard's personal and business life. One year after the 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
piece aired, Erhard filed a lawsuit against CBS, claiming that the broadcast contained several "false, misleading and defamatory" statements about himself. One month after filing the lawsuit, Erhard filed for dismissal.[54] Erhard later told Larry King in an interview that he dropped the suit after receiving legal advice telling him that in order to win it, he had to prove not only that CBS knew the allegations were false but also that CBS
CBS
acted with malice.[55] Because of factual inaccuracies, the segment was later removed by CBS
CBS
from its archives, with a disclaimer: "This segment has been deleted at the request of CBS News
CBS News
for legal or copyright reasons."[56] Brown & Williamson[edit] In 1995, former Brown & Williamson Vice President for Research and Development Jeffrey Wigand
Jeffrey Wigand
provided information to 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
producer Lowell Bergman
Lowell Bergman
that B&W had systematically hidden the health risks of their cigarettes (see transcription). Furthermore, it was alleged that B&W had introduced foreign agents (such as fiberglass and ammonia) with the intent of enhancing the effect of nicotine. Bergman began to produce a piece based upon the information, but ran into opposition from Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
who, along with CBS
CBS
lawyers, feared a billion dollar lawsuit from Brown and Williamson for tortious interference for encouraging Wigand to violate his non-disclosure agreement. A number of people at CBS
CBS
would benefit from a sale of CBS to Westinghouse Electric Corporation, including the head of CBS lawyers and CBS
CBS
News. Also, because of the interview, the son of CBS President Laurence Tisch
Laurence Tisch
(who also controlled Lorillard Tobacco) was among the people from the big tobacco companies at risk of being caught having committed perjury. Due to Hewitt's hesitation, The Wall Street Journal instead broke Wigand's story. The 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
piece was eventually aired with substantially altered content and minus some of the most damning evidence against B&W. The exposé of the incident was published in an article in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner, entitled "The Man Who Knew Too Much".[57] The New York Times
The New York Times
wrote that "the traditions of Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
and "60 Minutes" itself were diluted in the process,"[58] though the newspaper revised the quote slightly, suggesting that 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
and CBS
CBS
had "betrayed the legacy of Edward R. Murrow". The incident was turned into a seven-times Oscar-nominated feature film entitled The Insider, directed by Michael Mann and starring Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
as Wigand, Al Pacino
Al Pacino
as Bergman, and Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
as Mike Wallace. Wallace denounced the portrayal of him as inaccurate to his stance on the issue.[59] U.S. Customs Service[edit] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
alleged in 1997 that agents of the U.S. Customs Service ignored drug trafficking across the Mexico–United States border
Mexico–United States border
at San Diego.[60] The only evidence was a memorandum apparently written by Rudy Camacho, who was the head of the San Diego
San Diego
branch office. Based on this memo, CBS
CBS
alleged that Camacho had allowed trucks belonging to a particular firm to cross the border unimpeded. Mike Horner, a former Customs Service employee, had passed the memos on to 60 Minutes, and even provided a copy with an official stamp. Camacho was not consulted about the piece, and his career was devastated in the immediate term as his own department placed suspicion on him. In the end, it turned out that Horner had forged the documents as an act of revenge for his treatment within the Customs Service. Camacho sued CBS
CBS
and settled for an undisclosed amount of money in damages. Hewitt was forced to issue an on-air retraction.[61] Kennewick Man[edit] A legal battle between archaeologists and the Umatilla tribe over the remains of a skeleton, nicknamed Kennewick Man, was reported by 60 Minutes on October 25, 1998, to which the Umatilla tribe reacted negatively. The tribe considered the segment heavily biased in favor of the scientists, cutting out important arguments, such as explanations of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.[62] The report focused heavily on the racial politics of the controversy and also added inflammatory arguments, such as questioning the legitimacy of Native American sovereignty[63] – much of the racial focus of the segment was later reported to have been either unfounded and/or misinterpreted.[64] Timothy McVeigh[edit] On March 12, 2000, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
aired an interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. At the time, McVeigh had already been convicted and sentenced to death for the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
and subsequent deaths of 168 people. On the program, McVeigh was given the opportunity to vent against the government.[65] Following the program, a federal policy called the Special
Special
Confinement Unit Media Policy was enacted prohibiting face-to-face interviews with death row inmates.[66] A federal inmate challenged the policy in Hammer v. Ashcroft, under which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the prison policy. In March 2010, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case, and the policy limiting media access to death row inmates remains in place. CBS
CBS
refuses to show the entire interview, and has stated no reasons.[67] Viacom/ CBS
CBS
cross-promotion[edit] In recent years, the program has been accused of promoting books, films, and interviews with celebrities who are published or promoted by sister businesses of media conglomerate Viacom (which owned CBS from 2000 to 2005, and is now owned by National Amusements, which is also the parent of CBS) and publisher Simon & Schuster (which remains a part of CBS
CBS
Corporation after the 2005 CBS/Viacom split), without disclosing the journalistic conflict-of-interest to viewers.[68] Killian documents controversy[edit] Main article: Killian documents controversy The Killian documents controversy
Killian documents controversy
(also referred to as Memogate or Rathergate[citation needed]) involved six documents critical of President George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard
Texas Air National Guard
in 1972–73. Four of these documents were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes Wednesday broadcast aired by CBS
CBS
on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, but it was later found that CBS
CBS
had failed to authenticate the documents. Subsequently, several typewriter and typography experts concluded the documents are forgeries, as have some media sources. No forensic document examiners or typography experts authenticated the documents, which may not be possible without original documents. The provider of the documents, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, claimed to have burned the originals after faxing copies to CBS.[citation needed] The whole incident was turned into a feature-length film entitled Truth. "The Internet Is Infected" episode and the false hacker photo[edit] A segment aired on the March 29, 2009, edition of 60 Minutes, "The Internet Is Infected", featured an interview with Don Jackson, a data protection professional for SecureWorks. Jackson himself declares in the program that: "A part of my job is to know the enemy". However, during the interview, Jackson showed a photo of Finnish upper-level comprehensive school pupils and misidentified them as Russian hackers.[69] In the photo, one of the children is wearing a jacket with the Coat of Arms of Finland on it. Another one is wearing a cap which clearly has the logo of Karjala, a Finnish brand of beer, on it. The principal of the school in Taivalkoski
Taivalkoski
confirmed that the photo was taken at the school about five years before the program was broadcast.[70] The photo's exact origins are unknown, but it is widely known in Finland, having been originally posted to a Finnish social networking site, IRC-Galleria, in the early 2000s. It spread all over Finnish internet communities, and even originated a couple of patriotically titled (but intentionally misspelled) mock sites.[70][71] 60 Minutes later issued a correction and on-air apology.[when?] Benghazi report[edit] Subsequent to the 2012 Benghazi attack, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
aired report by correspondent Lara Logan
Lara Logan
on October 27, 2013, in which British military contractor, Dylan Davies, identified by CBS
CBS
under the pseudonym "Morgan Jones," described racing to the Benghazi compound several hours after the main assault was over, scaling a 12-foot wall and knocking out a lone fighter with the butt of a rifle. He also claimed to have visited a Benghazi hospital earlier that night where he saw Ambassador Christopher Stevens' body. In the days following the report, Davies' personal actions were challenged.[72] The FBI, which had interviewed Davies several times and considered him a credible source,[73] said the account Davies had given them was different than what he told 60 Minutes. Davies stood by his story,[74] but the inconsistency ultimately prompted 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
to conclude it was a mistake to include Davies in their report and a correction was issued.[75] Following the correction, a journalistic review was conducted by Al Ortiz, CBS
CBS
News' executive director of standards and practices. He determined that red flags about Davies' account were missed.[76] Davies had said to the program and written in his book that he told an alternative version of his actions to his employer, who he said had demanded that he stay inside his Benghazi villa as the attack unfolded. That alternative version was shared with US authorities and 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
was unable to prove the story Davies had told them was true.[77] Davies' book, The Embassy House, was published two days after the 60 Minutes report, by Threshold Editions, part of the Simon and Schuster unit of CBS. It was pulled from shelves once 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
issued its correction.[78] On November 26, 2013, Lara Logan
Lara Logan
was forced to take a leave of absence due to the errors in the Benghazi report.[77] NSA report[edit] On December 15, 2013, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
aired a report on the National Security Agency (NSA) that was widely criticized[79] as false[80] and a "puff piece."[81][82] The story was reported by John Miller, who once worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence. Tesla Automaker report[edit] On March 30, 2014, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
presented a story on the Tesla Model S luxury electric automobile in a segment, with Scott Pelley
Scott Pelley
conducting an interview with CEO Elon Musk
Elon Musk
concerning the car brand as well as his SpaceX
SpaceX
company. Within a day, the automotive blog site Jalopnik reported that the sounds accompanying footage of the car shown during the story were actually sounds from a traditional gasoline engine dubbed over the footage, when in reality the electric car is much quieter.[83] CBS
CBS
released a statement explaining that the sound was the result of an audio editing error, and subsequently removed the noise from the online version of the piece. However, several news outlets, as well as Jalopnik
Jalopnik
itself, have expressed doubt over the authenticity of this explanation, noting the similar scandal involving Tesla Motors and The New York Times
The New York Times
in 2013.[84][85] Spin-offs[edit] The main 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
show has created a number of spin-offs over the years. 30 Minutes[edit] Main article: 30 Minutes ( CBS
CBS
TV series) 30 Minutes was a newsmagazine aimed at children that was patterned after 60 Minutes, airing as the final program in CBS's Saturday morning lineup from 1978 to 1982. It was hosted by Christopher Glenn (who also served as the voice-over for the interstitial program In the News and was an anchor on the CBS
CBS
Radio Network), along with Betsy Aaron (1978–80) and Betty Ann Bowser (1980–82). 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
More[edit] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
More was a spin-off that ran for one season from 1996 to 1997. The episodes featured popular stories from the past that were expanded with updates on the original story. Each episode featured three of these segments.[86] 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
II[edit] Main article: 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
II In 1999, a second edition of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
was started in the U.S., called 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
II. This edition was later renamed 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
by CBS for the fall of 2004 in an effort to sell it as a high-quality program, since some had sarcastically referred to it as 60 Minutes, Jr. CBS News
CBS News
president Andrew Heyward
Andrew Heyward
said, "The Roman numeral
Roman numeral
II created some confusion on the part of the viewers and suggested a watered-down version".[87] However, a widely known controversy which came to be known as "Rathergate", regarding a report that aired September 8, 2004, caused another name change. The program was retitled 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
Wednesday both to differentiate itself and to avoid tarnishing the Sunday edition, as the editions were editorially independent from one another. It reverted to its original Roman numeral title on July 8, 2005, when the program moved to Fridays in an 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time slot to finish its run. The show's final broadcast was on September 2, 2005. 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
on CNBC[edit] In 2011, C NBC
NBC
began airing a 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
spin-off of its own, called 60 Minutes on CNBC. Hosted by Lesley Stahl
Lesley Stahl
and Steve Kroft, it airs updated business-related reports seen on the original broadcasts and offers footage that were not included when the segments first aired. 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
Sports[edit] Main article: 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
Sports In 2013, CBS's sister premium television network Showtime premiered 60 Minutes Sports, a monthly spin-off focused on sports-related stories and classic interviews from the show's archives. Personalities from CBS
CBS
Sports also contributed to the program. The spin-off was considered to be a competitor to HBO's Real Sports, and was cancelled in January 2017.[88][89][90] 25th anniversary edition[edit] For the 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
25th anniversary in 1993, Charles Kuralt interviewed Don Hewitt, the active correspondents, some former correspondents, and revisited notable stories and celebrities. International versions[edit] Australia[edit] Main article: 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(Australian TV program) The Australian version of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
premiered on February 11, 1979. It still airs each Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Nine Network and affiliates. Although Nine Network
Nine Network
has the rights to the format, as of 2007, it does not have rights to stories from the U.S. program. Nevertheless, stories from the flagship 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
program in the U.S. often air on the Australian program by subleasing them from Network Ten. In 1980, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
won a Logie Award
Logie Award
for their investigation of lethal abuses at the Chelmsford psychiatric hospital in Sydney.[citation needed] Germany[edit] In the mid-1980s, an edited version (approx. 30 minutes in length) of the U.S. broadcast edition of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
was shown for a time on West German television. This version retained the English-language soundtrack of the original, but also featured German subtitles. New Zealand[edit] Main article: 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(New Zealand TV program) The New Zealand version of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
has aired on national television since 1989, when it was originally launched on TV3. In 1992, the rights were acquired by TVNZ, who began broadcasting it in 1993. The network aired the program for nine years before dropping it in 2002 for its own program, entitled Sunday, which is currently the highest-rated current affairs show broadcast on New Zealand television, followed by 20/20. 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
was broadcast by rival network TV3, before switching to the Sky Television owned Prime channel in 2013, when the contract changed hands. Portugal[edit] The original programs are shown in Portugal on SIC Notícias with introductory and closing remarks by journalist Mário Crespo. Chile[edit] The news program of National Broadcasting of Chile (TVN), the public television network in that country, was named 60 Minutos ("60 Minutes") from 1975 to 1988, but the program had no accusations of any kind and no investigative reporting.[citation needed] Other versions[edit]

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A Mexican version, which featured Juan Ruiz Healy
Juan Ruiz Healy
serving as anchor, aired in the late 1970s and 1980s. A Peruvian version aired in the early 1980s, called 60 Minutos. However, in the late 1980s there was also a similarly named series, but unrelated to the series produced by CBS
CBS
News. In 2004, Brazil's Rede Bandeirantes
Rede Bandeirantes
planned a licensed localized version, but the plan was canceled. Edited reruns of 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
interviews have aired on various cable channels in the United States, including TV Land
TV Land
and ESPN
ESPN
Classic. In Thailand, 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(Thailand) was broadcast on TV 9 (from 1995 to 1997) and BBTV Channel 7 (from 2002 to 2003). In Catalonia, 60 Minuts has been broadcast by TV3 (Catalonia)
TV3 (Catalonia)
for 27 seasons.

See also[edit]

This Hour
Hour
Has Seven Days, and W5 both of which pre-dates 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
by a couple of years, are similar in journalistic style and format

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Further reading[edit]

Frank Coffey (1993). 60 Minutes: 25 Years of Television's Finest Hour. Santa Monica, California: General Publishing Group, Inc. ISBN 1-881649-04-0. . With introduction by Don Hewitt.

External links[edit]

Official website 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
on IMDb 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
at TV.com 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
at Rotten Tomatoes Booknotes interview with Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
on Tell Me A Story: 50 Years and 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
in Television, April 1, 2001.

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Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama

Marcus Welby, M.D., season 1 (1969) Medical Center, season 1/season 2 (1970) Mannix, season 4/season 5 (1971) Columbo, season 1/season 2 (1972) The Waltons, season 1/season 2 (1973) Upstairs, Downstairs, season 3/season 4 (1974) Kojak, season 2/season 3 (1975) Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Roots (1977) 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(1978) Lou Grant, season 2/season 3 (1979) Shōgun (1980) Hill Street Blues, season 1/season 2 (1981) Hill Street Blues, season 2/season 3 (1982) Dynasty, season 3/season 4 (1983) Murder, She Wrote, season 1 (1984) Murder, She Wrote, season 1/season 2 (1985) L.A. Law, season 1 (1986) L.A. Law, season 1/season 2 (1987) thirtysomething, season 1/season 2 (1988) China Beach, season 2/season 3 (1989) Twin Peaks, season 1/season 2 (1990) Northern Exposure, season 2/season 3 (1991) Northern Exposure, season 3/season 4 (1992) NYPD Blue, season 1 (1993) The X-Files, season 1/season 2 (1994) Party of Five, season 1/season 2 (1995) The X-Files, season 3/season 4 (1996) The X-Files, season 4/season 5 (1997) The Practice, season 2/season 3 (1998) The Sopranos, season 1 (1999) The West Wing, season 1/season 2 (2000) Six Feet Under, season 1 (2001) The Shield, season 1 (2002) 24, season 2/season 3 (2003) Nip/Tuck, season 2 (2004) Lost, season 1/season 2 (2005) Grey's Anatomy, season 2/season 3 (2006) Mad Men, season 1 (2007) Mad Men, season 2 (2008) Mad Men, season 3 (2009) Boardwalk Empire, season 1 (2010) Homeland, season 1 (2011) Homeland, season 2 (2012) Breaking Bad, season 5, part II (2013) The Affair, season 1 (2014) Mr. Robot, season 1 (2015) The Crown, season 1 (2016) The Handmaid's Tale, season 1 (2017)

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Nielsen Media Research
Nielsen Media Research
top-rated United States network television show

1950s

50–51: Texaco Star Theater 51–52: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts 52–53, 53–54, 54–55: I Love Lucy 55–56: The $64,000 Question 56–57: I Love Lucy 57–58, 58–59, 59–60: Gunsmoke

1960s

60–61: Gunsmoke 61–62: Wagon Train 62–63, 63–64: The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
(S1, S2) 64–65, 65–66, 66–67: Bonanza 67–68: The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
(S8) 68–69, 69–70: Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

1970s

70–71: Marcus Welby, M.D. 71–72, 72–73, 73–74, 74–75, 75–76: All in the Family
All in the Family
(S2, S3, S4, S5, S6) 76–77: Happy Days
Happy Days
(S4) 77–78, 78–79: Laverne & Shirley (S3, S4) 79–80: 60 Minutes

1980s

80–81, 81–82: Dallas (S4, S5) 82–83: 60 Minutes 83–84: Dallas (S7) 84–85: Dynasty 85–86, 86–87, 87–88, 88–89: The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
(S2, S3, S4, S5) 89–90: Roseanne
Roseanne
(S2)/ The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
(S6)

1990s

90–91: Cheers
Cheers
(S9) 91–92, 92–93, 93–94: 60 Minutes 94–95: Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(S6) 95–96, 96–97: ER (S2, S3) 97–98: Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(S9) 98–99: ER (S5) 99–2000: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

2000s

00–01: Survivor
Survivor
(S2-AO) 01–02: Friends
Friends
(S8) 02–03, 03–04, 04–05,: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (S3, S4, S5) 05–06, 06–07, 07–08, 08–09, 09–10: American Idol
American Idol
(S5, S6, S7, S8, S9)

2010s

10–11: American Idol
American Idol
(S10) 11-12: NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football 12-13: NCIS (S10) 13-14, 14-15, 15-16, 16–17: NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football

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TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

Nightline
Nightline
(1985) Nightline
Nightline
/ The Vanishing Family: Crisis in Black America (1986) Eyes on the Prize
Eyes on the Prize
(1987) Nightline
Nightline
(1988) CNN
CNN
(1989) CNN
CNN
(1990) CNN’s Gulf War
Gulf War
coverage (1991) Frontline (1992) Frontline (1993) Nightline
Nightline
(1994) Frontline / Nightline
Nightline
(1995) Frontline (1996) American Experience
American Experience
(1997) American Experience
American Experience
(1998) Cold War (1999) ABC 2000 Today
ABC 2000 Today
(2000) Jazz (2001) Frontline (2002) Frontline (2003) The Daily Show
The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart (2004) Frontline (2005) Frontline (2006) Planet Earth (2007) The War (2008) The Alzheimer’s Project (2009) Life (2010) Restrepo (2011) 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(2012) The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five
(2013) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
(2015) Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
(2016) O.J.: Made in America (2017)

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TCA Heritage Award

The Simpsons
The Simpsons
(2002) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(2003) 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(2004) Nightline
Nightline
(2005) The West Wing
The West Wing
(2006) The Sopranos
The Sopranos
(2007) The Wire
The Wire
(2008) ER (2009) M*A*S*H (2010) The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(2011) Cheers
Cheers
(2012) All in the Family
All in the Family
(2013) Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
(2014) Late Show / Late Night with David Letterman
Late Night with David Letterman
(2015) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(2016) Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(2017)

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CBS
CBS
programming (current and upcoming)

Primetime

48 Hours (since 1988) 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(since 1968) 9JKL
9JKL
(since 2017) The Amazing Race (since 2001) The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
(since 2007) Big Brother (since 2000) Blue Bloods (since 2010) Bull (since 2016) Celebrity Big Brother (since 2018) Code Black (since 2015) Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds
(since 2005) Elementary (since 2012) Hawaii Five-0 (since 2010) Hunted (since 2017) Instinct (since 2018) Kevin Can Wait
Kevin Can Wait
(since 2016) Life in Pieces
Life in Pieces
(since 2015) Living Biblically
Living Biblically
(since 2018) MacGyver (since 2016) Madam Secretary (since 2014) Man with a Plan (since 2016) Mom (since 2013) NCIS (since 2003) NCIS: Los Angeles
Los Angeles
(since 2009) NCIS: New Orleans (since 2014) Ransom (since 2017) Salvation (since 2017) Scorpion (since 2014) SEAL Team (since 2017) Superior Donuts (since 2017) Survivor
Survivor
(since 2000) S.W.A.T. (since 2017) Undercover Boss (since 2010) Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
(since 2017)

Daytime

The Bold and the Beautiful
The Bold and the Beautiful
(since 1987) Let's Make a Deal
Let's Make a Deal
(since 2009) The Price Is Right (since 1972) The Talk
Talk
(since 2010) The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless
(since 1973)

Late night

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
(since 2015) The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden
(since 2015)

News

48 Hours (since 1988) 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
(since 1968) CBSN: On Assignment (since 2017) CBS
CBS
Evening News (since 1948) CBS
CBS
Morning News (since 1982) CBS News
CBS News
Sunday Morning (since 1979) CBS
CBS
Overnight News (since 2015) CBS
CBS
This Morning (1987–1999, since 2012) Face the Nation
Face the Nation
(since 1954)

Sports

CBS
CBS
Sports Spectacular (since 1960) NCAA Basketball/Road to the Final Four (since 1981) NFL on CBS/ The NFL Today
The NFL Today
(1956–1993, since 1998) PGA Tour on CBS SEC on CBS NCAA March Madness (co-produced with Turner Sports) (since 2011) Premier Boxing Champions
Premier Boxing Champions
(since 2015)

Saturday morning

Dr. Chris: Pet Vet (since 2013) The Inspectors (since 2015)

Upcoming

Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
(2018) Blood & Treasure (2019) F.B.I. (TBA)

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Current television and radio news magazine shows in the United States

Broadcast television networks

ABC

20/20 Nightline What Would You Do?

CBS

48 Hours 60 Minutes CBSN: On Assignment CBS News
CBS News
Sunday Morning

NBC

Dateline Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly

PBS

Frontline

Syndication

Crime Watch Daily DailyMailTV Inside Edition

Spanish

Univision

Aquí y Ahora Primer Impacto

Telemundo

Al Rojo Vivo

Broadcast radio networks

CMN/WW1

First Light / The Week in Review America in the Morning / America This Week The John Batchelor
John Batchelor
Show

NPR

All Things Considered Morning Edition Weekend Edition

PRI

The World The Takeaway This American Life Here and Now To the Point

TRN

America's Morning News

Cable networks

AXS TV

Dan Rather
Dan Rather
Reports

CNBC

Business Nation

ESPN

E:60

HBO

Real Sports
Real Sports
with Bryant Gumbel Vice

See also Morning Daytime talk Evening news Late night Overnight news Sunday talk Newsmagaz

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