RATINGS GOLD +3: “THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” WAS ONCE AGAIN NUMBER ONE WITH VIEWERS LAST WEEK ACCORDING TO NIELSEN LIVE PLUS THREE DAY RATINGS
CBS took the gold medal in late night for the week ending Feb. 9.
THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT posted 3.85 million viewers in live plus 3-day ratings – up +689,000 viewers versus live plus same day according to Nielsen. THE LATE SHOW saw significantly greater lift (+22%, 3.85m from 3.16m) than the competition (+5%, 3.40m from 3.23m), and moved into the lead by + 13% in the viewers race. THE LATE SHOW averaged over 3.5 million viewers every night last week.
“THE LATE SHOW” TOPPED THREE MILLION VIEWERS EVERY NIGHT LAST WEEK WHILE MATCHING SEASON-BEST WEEKLY DEMO DELIVERY
COLBERT SEASON-TO-DATE AUDIENCE IS UP +31% OVER LAST SEASON
WHILE INCREASING LEAD OVER NEAREST COMPETITOR TO +39%
For the week ending Feb. 2, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT posted 3.23 million viewers – up +17% from last year (from 2.77m), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings. THE LATE SHOW averaged over three million viewers every night last week and also posted more than three million viewers for the 14th week this season.
THE LATE SHOW also matched its season-best delivery in adults 18-49 (0.5/3) while beating its closest competitor in viewers by +33% (versus 2.43m).
Season-to-date, most current, THE LATE SHOW is up +31% in viewers (3.86m from 2.95m), +13% in adults 25-54 (0.9/5 from 0.8/4) and even in adults 18-49 (0.6/04) compared to last season. Also season-to-date, THE LATE SHOW is beating its closest competitor by +39% in viewers (3.86m vs. 2.77m).
“NATALIE WOOD: DEATH IN DARK WATER” DELIVERS “48 HOURS’” LARGEST AUDIENCE SINCE APRIL 2016 AND IS SATURDAY’S #1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM WITH VIEWERS
(L-R) Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Lt. John Corina and Det. Ralph Hernandez
“Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water” delivered 48 HOURS’ largest audience since April 23, 2016 and was Saturday’s #1 primetime program with viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Feb. 3.
The news making broadcast delivered 5.28 million viewers and a 1.0/03 with adults 25-54, the demographic that matters most to those who advertise in news. The broadcast also delivered its best adults 25-54 audience since Nov. 18, 2017. Compared to the previous week, 48 HOURS added +1.18 million viewers (from 4.10m, +29%) and was up +25% with adults 25-54 (from 0.8/03). Compared to the same night a year ago, 48 HOURS was up +17% in viewers.
Saturday’s broadcast featured Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS investigation into the death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood and the quest by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to get answers to how she drowned in November 1981 off of Catalina Island in California.Nearly four decades after the unexplained drowning death, investigators spoke out for the first time and told 48 HOURS that her then-husband, actor Robert Wagner, is now a person of interest.
Wood drowned after she went missing from the Splendour, her family’s yacht. Also aboard that night were Captain Dennis Davern and Wagner and Wood’s friend, fellow actor Christopher Walken. The next day, the actress was found floating in the water wearing a red down jacket and flannel nightgown. After a two-week investigation, the death was ruled an accident. But in 2011 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the death investigation. And in 2012, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office amended the death certificate, changing the manner of death from an accidental drowning to “drowning and other undetermined factors.” Six years after the investigation was reopened, 48 HOURS talked with the investigators about new witnesses, new evidence and new theories as to what happened that night.
Rumors of foul play have long surrounded Wood’s mysterious death. At first, the three men aboard the boat – Wagner, Walken and Davern – told detectives that they initially assumed Wood, famously terrified of dark water, had taken off in a dinghy and went ashore. Over time, however, Wagner and Davern’s accounts have shifted, raising a red flag to the investigators. Investigators said Wagner has refused to speak with them since the case was reopened.
Moriarty and the 48 HOURS team have been covering the Wood case for six years and was the only news team to capture the detectives searching the Splendour for clues. 48 HOURS reported the latest information in the case through interviews with the detectives leading the case and with Wood’s sister, Lana Wood, as well as archival interviews with Wagner, Davern and others. 48 HOURS’ efforts to get comment from Wagner and Walken were unsuccessful. Walken has talked with investigators.
48 HOURS: “Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water” is produced by Liza Finley, Judy Rybak, Ryan Smith and Alec Sirken. David Spungen, Marcus Balsam and George Baluzy are the editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.