Why do late night talk shows start 5 minutes late?

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  1. Ike

    Ike Screenwriter

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    The title sort of sums it up:

    Why do all talk shows start at 11:35? How do networks make up for this 5 minute stutter?
     
  2. Patrick Sun

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    Usually the local news show is just 5 minutes longer.
     
  3. Malcolm R

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    Yeah, the whole purpose is so the local news can have 5 extra minutes and throw in an extra commercial break or two.
     
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  5. Keith Enright

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    This whole practice was actually STARTED in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area about 15 years ago.
    The local NBC affliate showed Cheers reruns at 10.30 that were insanely popular. They were so important to their ad revenue that they didn't mind starting "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" 30 minutes later. They even extended this practice to Saturday Night, which means we did not get SNL "LIVE" but rather 30 minutes taped delayed.
    SO, the brass at KARE-11 decided, since everyone turns over to our station at 10.30 to watch Cheers, let's add 5 minutes of more "news" at 10.30. Then people will get a taste of our news and like it and start watching us at 10. It worked. KARE-11 News at 10 is still the most popular news at 10. The news still last until 10.35.
    But of course, what happened? Everyone else started extending their news to stay in line with KARE-11. Then markets across the country tried the same strategy and it snowballed to what we have today.
    Ironically a few years ago, the Cheers revenue "dried up", NBC forced KARE to show Leno at 10.35 to compete with Letterman and the entire country has to suffer through 5 extra minutes of "news."
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  6. David Von Pein

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    Along these same "time" lines ..........
    Why does NBC's "The West Wing" (and possibly other programs) sometimes [not always] begin at 8:59 PM, instead of the scheduled 9:00 PM ?? Sometimes, in fact, I've noted that "Wing" begins at 8:58:30. I'll bet this screws up you Tivo-tapers, huh? [​IMG]
     
  7. Ric Easton

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    It's so you don't have time to switch to another channel to check out what else is on!
     

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