Last year, the 60 Minutes TV show on CBS marked its 50th season. With that milestone come and gone, it still seems unlikely the network would cancel its flagship news magazine. So, while we’re not wondering whether 60 Minutes will be cancelled or renewed for season 52, we’re still monitoring the ratings, because they can be predictive of whether the network decides to tweak the format, change up the correspondents, or avoid fixing what already works. Will the clock keep ticking steadily? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
One of the most successful TV series in television history, 60 Minutes features investigative reports, interviews, human interest segments, and news-maker profiles. The CBS correspondents and contributors include Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, L. Jon Wertheim, Scott Pelley, Lara Logan, Bill Whitaker, Anderson Cooper, Norah O’Donnell, Sharyn Alfonsi, and special contributor Oprah Winfrey.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/20 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 50th season of 60 Minutes averaged a 1.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.636 million total viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the 60 Minutes TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 52nd season on CBS?
*5/9/19 update: CBS has renewed 60 Minutes for season 52.