The Amazing Race: now with 10 more minutes of delay

The football game delays that delay CBS’ Sunday evening prime-time shows and cause fans of The Amazing Race to freak out are only going to get worse. That’s because many games will start 10 minutes later.

Doubleheader games–40 in all–will start at 4:25 instead of 4:15. (Non-doubleheader games start at 4:05.) That’s to “reduce instances in which fans miss the end of a 1:00 PM ET game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team’s late-afternoon game,” according to the NFL.

Of course, giving more time for one game means potentially pushing into prime-time that much more. And for those games that air on CBS that are affected, the 7 p.m. start time of 60 Minutes makes that even more challenging, because CBS’ prime-time essentially starts an hour earlier. And no, the awesome 60 Minutes shouldn’t nor will be cut or moved to allow The Amazing Race to start earlier.

Update: Deadline reports that CBS may deal with the delay–“27 minutes on average” last season–by scheduling its shows to start 15 minutes later, meaning 60 Minutes would start at 7:15 and Amazing Race at 8:15. That’d reduce the perceived wait.

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