CBS to Air ‘Madam Secretary’ Twice on Premiere Date

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
CBS to Air ‘Madam Secretary’ Twice on Premiere Date

In a surprising twist of events, CBS will be airing its new political drama, “Madam Secretary,” twice on its premiere date, as reported by TV Line. This move is rare, especially as one has to consider the ratings. Read on to learn more about the story.

The pilot of the new CBS political drama, “Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni, will grace television screens at 8:30 p.m. on CBS, instead of 8:00 p.m. The pilot episode will also have an encore at 10:30  p.m., after the premiere of the sixth season of “The Good Wife,” which was pushed back half an hour. This delay, according to TV Line, is due to a scheduled delay on “NFL.”


This is an unexpected treat for viewers, as those who will not be able to watch the pilot at 8:30 p.m. can catch up during its encore broadcast. According to Variety, CBS allowed itself this luxury of repeating the same pilot on the same day as “Madam Secretary” will air a day before the regular show schedule kicks in. This presents an excellent opportunity to widen the viewership and the ratings, and it will not be a loss in ratings for the new show.

“Madam Secretary” tells the story of Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni), who was living a quiet life as a professor after retiring from the CIA. However, after the Secretary of State died, the President of the United States, her mentor at the agency, requested that she become his new Secretary of State. She does things in her own way and is a maverick as she tries to balance home life and the affairs of the nation.

And that’s the latest scoop on CBS’ “Madam Secretary.” It will air twice on its premiere night on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. For more news and updates, including recaps and spoilers, on “Madam Secretary” and other television shows, keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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