5 Things You Didn't Know About "60 Minutes"

On September 24, 1968, "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS. From current events to the most groundbreaking exposés, the show has had a legacy of leaving no stone unturned. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about "60 Minutes."


The Show Doesn't Have A Theme Sog 60 Minutes remains the only prime-time show that does not have theme music associated with it. Instead of a theme song, it uses a ticking stopwatch that counts down the minutes of the show. This watch was used on the program until the late 1990s, when it was replaced by a computer graphic. The original Aristo analog stopwatch was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1998.

It Holds The Record For Emmy Awards “60 Minutes” has the privilege of holding the record for the most number of Emmy Award wins. No other program has come close to the number the show has won. As of June 26, 2017, "60 Minutes" had won a total of 138 Emmy Awards, a record unsurpassed by any other primetime program on U.S. television.


The Show Has Been In Its Time Slot For Over 40 Years Because of program regulations by the FCC, the time slot for “60 Minutes” changed during its first 10 years on the air. In 1975, the show was scheduled by CBS at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday nights. Except for sports that have ran into overtime, it remains in this time slot to this day, making it the longest-running show airing during prime time in television history.

The Creator Made History Before 60 Minutes Don Hewitt came up with the idea “60 Minutes” but it wasn’t his first brainchild. Hewitt had worked for CBS since 1948, and produced the first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960 between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Hewitt was also producing the CBS Evening News when Walter Cronkite announced the passing of JFK.

It Had Some Unsuccessful Spin-Offs CBS tried to capitalize on the success of a show by creating several spin-offs over the years. Between 1978 and 1982, there was a children’s version of the program called 30 Minutes. In 1996, CBS followed up on old stories with 60 Minutes More, which lasted one season. When 60 Minutes II premiered in 1999, it had moderate success, but the station kept changing its time slot and eventually went off the air in 2005.