Pick an arbitrary episode of a popular-but-arbitrary US TV show, say, on Netflix. I can easily find the original air date of this episode, and presumably can find the time it originally aired as well.
I'll also know that the show itself is about 40 minutes but when broadcast with commercials ran for an hour. Given that information; is it possible to determine how long a given commercial break was and therefore figure out the exact time a given scene might have originally aired?
I'm assuming that I can generally identify commercial breaks by looking for fade outs in the TV episode, and am also assuming that commercial breaks will differ in length.
If this isn't possible for any popular-but-arbitrary US TV show, but is possible for a specific show or network, I'd be interested in hearing about that as well.