60 Minutes, the most successful American television broadcast in history, begins its 50th season in September 2017. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2017. Last season, 60 Minutes made Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 List 22 times – 16 of them at #5 or better. The broadcast drew an average of 12.4 million viewers, one percent more than last season and more than double the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and over three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news program.
The average audience for a 60 Minutes broadcast is 150 percent higher than those of the network morning news programs, a figure that still dwarfs the biggest audiences on cable news.
About a million people listen to the 60 Minutes radio simulcast in several major cities and on its companion podcast. And, each season, millions more experience 60 Minutes online. The broadcast’s segments can be watched at 60Minutes.com, on CBS All Access and the 60 Minutes app. Its web show, 60MinutesOvertime.com, offers content originally produced for the web only, including behind-the-scenes video about the production of 60 Minutes stories and timely archival segments.
60 Minutes has won 138 Emmy Awards — more than any other primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has also won every major broadcast journalism award over its tenure, including 20 Peabody and 16 duPont-Columbia University awards for excellence in television broadcasting. Other distinguished awards won multiple times include the George Polk, RTDNA Edward R. Murrow, Investigative Reporters and Editors, RFK Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi and Gerald Loeb awards.
60 Minutes premiered on CBS September 24, 1968. Jeff Fager is the program’s executive producer. The correspondents and contributors of 60 Minutes are Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Lara Logan,…