"60 Minutes," the most successful television broadcast in history, begins its 44th season on September 25, 2011. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2011, regularly making Nielsen's Top 10. Over the 2010-'11season, "60 Minutes" continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 13.36 million viewers per week - a 1 percent increase over last season and more than twice the audiences of its network news magazine competitors and more than five million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a "60 Minutes" broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.
About a million more people listen to the "60 Minutes" radio simulcast in several major cities and tens of thousands each week experience "60 Minutes" online. The broadcast's segments can be watched at 60Minutes.com, while a new sister site, 60MinutesOvertime.com., offers content originally produced for the Web only, including behind-the-scenes video about the production of "60 Minutes" stories and timely archival segments. The broadcast's content can also be watched on the iPad; its application is one of the most popular paid apps in the App Store.
"60 Minutes" has won more Emmy Awards than any other primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has also won every major broadcast journalism award over its tenure, including 18 Peabody and 13 DuPont Columbia University awards for excellence in television broadcasting. Other distinguished awards won multiple times include the George Polk, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow , Investigative Reporters and Editors, RFK Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi and Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting.
"60 Minutes" was created by the late Don Hewitt and premiered on CBS September 24, 1968. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager is the program's executive producer. The correspondents and contributors of "60 Minutes" are Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Morley Safer, Bob Simon and Lesley Stahl.