Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, December 17, 2017

60 MINUTES, the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 49th season in September 2016. 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 2016, making Nielsen’s Top 10 nearly every week.

Over the 2015-2016 season, 60 MINUTES continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.3 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three 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.

The stories below are scheduled to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

TOO BIG TO PROSECUTE – A joint investigation by 60 MINUTES and Washington Post reveals how the biggest opioid case in U.S. history, against one of the world’s largest drug distribution companies, was settled by the government and the company’s lawyers in a deal that shocked DEA agents for its leniency in light of the opioid epidemic. Bill Whitaker reports. Ira Rosen and Sam Hornblower are the producers.

AN AMERICAN TERRORIST – Christian Picciolini was once a white supremacist. Today, he is a reformed racist who helps law enforcement understand the extremist movement, while trying to help others change their racist ways. Scott Pelley reports. Michael Radutzky is the producer.

THE AIRLIFT – 60 MINUTES cameras are there to capture the airlifting of black rhino from place to place by helicopter, a spectacular part of a bold effort to repopulate the endangered species. Lara Logan reports. Henry Schuster and Rachael Morehouse are the producers

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