Next Wednesday, CBS is finally enacting that much-predicted revolution in primetime programming: a primetime newscast. But only for one night. In an effort to gain more exposure for Katie Couric—riding a modest bump in the ratings after the election and her Sarah Palin interview—CBS will pre-empt The New Adventures of Old Christine and put The CBS Evening News in the 8 p.m. E.T. time slot, opposite American Idol.
CBS says the move is not a tryout for a regular evening newscast. Mainly because CBS’s primetime leads the ratings and its newscast is in last place, and not the other way around. Maybe they might also want to try putting Simon Baker on at 6:30?