CBS announced this morning it will pre-empt 60 Minutes this Sunday for NFL football and the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Scrubbing this Sunday’s newsmag edition gives CBS its best hope for starting the Emmy broadcast on time, despite the later start time — 4:25 PM — for the NFL’s double-header games. On the bright side, going straight from football to the Emmycast will give the trophy show about a 20 million viewer lead-in — which the Emmys could use, since it will not only compete for viewers with NBC’s Sunday football but also the penultimate episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad as well as Showtime’s Dexter series swan-song. 60 Minutes pre-emptions are fairly rare: Sundays in which CBS has broadcast rights to the Super Bowl, AFC championship nights, etc.
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