Lots of CBS TV shows have come and go but the greatest constant on the network is 60 Minutes. While many series have seen their traditional ratings decline over the years, as more and more people shift to time-delayed viewing, 60 Minutes’ numbers have held up incredibly well and the program has remained one of the network’s top-rated shows. Will 60 Minutes ever be cancelled? Is it certain to be renewed for season 55? Stay tuned.
A Sunday night staple, 60 Minutes was created by Don Hewitt and Bill Leonard in 1968. The longest-running series in network primetime, the program features investigative reports, interviews, human interest segments, and news-maker profiles. Three long-form news stories typically air each episode. The CBS News correspondents and contributors include Lesley Stahl, John Dickerson, Scott Pelley, Bill Whitaker, Anderson Cooper, Norah O’Donnell, Sharyn Alfonsi, L. Jon Wertheim, Bill Owens, and Tanya Simon.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances of survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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For comparisons: Season 53 of 60 Minutes on CBS averaged a 1.04 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.49 million viewers.
Note: These are the final national ratings, including all live+same day viewing and DVR playback (through 3:00 AM). Early fast affiliate ratings (estimates) are indicated with an “*”. While these numbers don’t include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indicator of how a show is performing, especially when compared to others on the same channel. There can be other economic factors involved in a show’s fate, but typically the higher-rated series are renewed and the lower-rated ones are cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like the 60 Minutes TV series on CBS? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 55th season?