Thursday, May 23, 2019

CBS Ratings - May 2019

“THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” CLOSES 2018-2019 SEASON WITH ANOTHER DOMINANT WEEK
COLBERT” TAKES SEASON CROWN IN VIEWERS AND 18-49 VIEWERS
Special “Big Bang Theory” Episode on Thursday, May 16
Attracts 5.76 Million Viewers – Third-Largest Audience in Show’s History
During the final week of the 2018-2019 broadcast season (week #34), THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (3.85m) beat both “The Tonight Show” (2.27m) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.67m) and was the only late night show up year-over-year versus the same week in 2017-2018. Source: Nielsen live plus 3-day ratings for week ending Friday, May 17.

With 3-day lift, THE LATE SHOW improved its advantage over “Tonight” to +1.58 milliono viewers after leading by +1 million with same day viewers. THE LATE SHOW delivered its largest weekly audience since the week ending Feb. 22. THE LATE SHOW also took the weekly crown in adults 25-54 (0.8) and adults 18-49 (0.5)

On Thursday, May 16, a special BIG BANG THEORY farewell-themed episode delivered 5.76 million viewers, 1.2 in adults 25-54 and 0.8 in adults 18-49. This was the largest audience for any weeknight this season, the third-best night in the show’s history, and best Thursday viewer delivery ever. In key demos, THE LATE SHOW posted best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 delivery for any night in the 2018-19 season. 

Season-to-date, THE LATE SHOW (3.82m) leads “The Tonight Show” (2.44m) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.04m) by more than one-million viewers, beats “The Tonight Show” in adults 25-54 (0.8/04 vs. 0.7/04) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (0.5/04). LATE SHOW beats “Tonight” in adults 18-49 audience (679,000 vs. 659,000). Source: Nielsen, live plus 7-day ratings (9/24/18-5/10/19), live plus 3-day ratings (5/13/19-5/17/19).
With this win, THE LATE SHOW has been the most-watched program in late night every first-run week this season.
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CBS IS AMERICA’S MOST-WATCHED NETWORK IN 2018-2019 FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON ACROSS PRIMETIME, DAYTIME AND LATE NIGHT
CBS Primetime Wins 11th Straight Season
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Takes Third Straight Late Night Ratings Crown
Winning the Season by More than +1.3 Million Viewers;
Largest Victory over “Tonight Show” in 25 Years
The Late Show” Also Wins in Adults 18-49 Viewers for First Time
CBS Daytime Wins 33nd Consecutive Season
by More than 1 Million Viewers
The Big Bang Theory” Repeats as Season’s Most-Watched Program
CBS Has Three Most-Watched Broadcast Series
#1 Network Has Reached Nearly 240 Million Viewers This Season
Across All Dayparts
CBS is once again “America’s Most-Watched Network” across primetime, daytime and late night, earning a ratings trifecta for the third consecutive time during the 2018-2019 broadcast season, which will conclude tomorrow night.
According to Nielsen NPower (6+ minute qualifier), CBS has reached 239 million viewers this season across all dayparts, beating its closest competitor (NBC) by +9.4 million viewers.
CBS PRIMETIME
CBS Primetime is currently averaging 9.03 million viewers and won 22 of the season’s 34 weeks and the last 12 consecutive weeks on the strength of a schedule deep with hit shows and top-rated nights.
CBS also had:
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY ranked as the season’s “most-watched” series, repeating a mark that the comedy claimed last season. YOUNG SHELDON was the #2 comedy followed by MOM at #3.
  • 13 of the top 30 “most-watched” broadcast series – more than any other network.
  • 12 time-period-winning programs, more than all other networks combined.
  • 11 series averaging 10+ million viewers, more than any other network.
  • Eight of the top 10 comedies – more than the other networks combined.
  • 11 of the top 20 broadcast dramas – more than the other networks combined.
  • All three series in the NCIS franchise delivering more than 10 million viewers with the original NCIS returning to the top as the season’s most-watched drama.
  • 60 MINUTES as the most-watched news program.
CBS LATE NIGHT
THE LATE SHOW currently leads “The Tonight Show” by +1.37 viewers (3.81m vs. 2.44m, +55%), an increase over last year’s +1.2m viewer win (3.89m vs. 2.69m). This marks CBS’ third consecutive late night win – the program’s longest winning streak and the largest margin of victory for CBS over “The Tonight Show” since 1993-1994. THE LATE SHOW will also finish +18,000 viewers ahead in adults 18-49 (677k versus 659k), after trailing NBC by -72k adults 18-49 last season. This is THE LATE SHOW’s first adults 18-49 win in its current iteration and first overall since 1994-1995.
With live plus 3-day ratings, THE LATE SHOW won every week of first-run broadcasts against first-run weeks of “The Tonight Show” in viewers with all but one (24 of 25) posting a margin of victory of +1 million viewers or more.
The combination of THE LATE SHOW and THE LATE LATE SHOW easily wins late night by +600k viewers (CBS, 2.54m viewers versus NBC, 1.94m and ABC, 1.76m), up +18% from last season’s +510k viewer margin of victory.
CBS DAYTIME
CBS has dominated the daytime landscape for the past 33 years, and this season was no exception. CBS beat its closest competition in daytime by +1.3 million viewers (3.72m versus NBC’s 2.43m). The Network won in the key women 25-54 demographic (0.9 versus 0.8) and tied for first in women 18-49 (0.6). CBS also had seven of the top 10 most-watched shows in daytime:
  1. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2
  2. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
  3. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1
  4. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
  5. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2
  6. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1
10) THE TALK

"48 HOURS” FINISHES ITS 13TH CONSECUTIVE BROADCAST TELEVISION SEASON AS SATURDAY’S #1 NON-SPORTS PROGRAM

48 HOURS finished the 2018-2019 season as Saturday’s #1 non-sports broadcast for the 13th consecutive season, according to Nielsen’s most current ratings. The broadcast delivered 4.32 million viewers and a 0.9/04 with adults 25-54.
48 HOURS: “Who Killed Rachael?” ended the season and was Saturday’s #1 primetime broadcast program with viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 18. Saturday’s broadcast delivered 3.09 million viewers and a 0.5/02 with adults 25-54, the demographic that matters most to those who advertise in news. 48 HOURS added +220,000 viewers when compared to the previous week.
Saturday’s broadcast featured Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS’ investigation into the murder of Rachael DelTondo outside of her home in a small Pennsylvania city and the year-long search for answers to what happened. There have been plenty of theories, but no arrests, leaving some to wonder if the case will ever be solved.
48 HOURS: “What Happened to Rachael?” is produced by Judy Rybak and Stephanie Slifer. Atticus Brady, Ken Blum, Jud Johnston and Mike Baluzy are the editors. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
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“60 MINUTES” MAKES TOP 10 FOR 23rd TIME
60 MINUTES’ season finale ranked seventh for the week; it was the CBS newsmagazine’s 23rd trip to the Nielsen top 10 this season. The broadcast drew 8.42 million viewers according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, May 19.
Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s last 60 MINUTES story, an investigation into a $230 billion money laundering scheme; Anderson Cooper’s report on cryptocurrencies; and Jon Wertheim’s story on an organization that helps LGBT individuals get out of countries where they are at risk.
Bill Owens is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program.
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“THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” WINS YET ANOTHER WEEK
CLOSES IN ON SEASON CROWN IN VIEWERS AND DEMOS
WHILE WINNING EVERY FIRST-RUN WEEK THIS SEASON
During week #33 of the 2018 – 2019 broadcast season, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (3.38m) beat both “The Tonight Show” (2.22m) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.73m) according to Nielsen live plus three-day ratings for the week ending Friday, May 10. With three-day lift, THE LATE SHOW improved its advantage over “Tonight” to +1.16 million viewers after leading by +750,000 with same day viewers.

Season-to-date, THE LATE SHOW (3.81m) leads “The Tonight Show” (2.44m) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.05m) by more than +1.3 million viewers. THE LATE SHOW continues to beat “Tonight” in both adults 25-54 audience (929k vs. 899k) and adults 18-49 audience (678k versus 662k). Source: Nielsen, Live Plus Seven-Day Ratings (9/24/18-5/3/19), Live Plus Three-Day Ratings (5/6/19-5/10/19).

THE LATE SHOW has been the most-watched program in late night every first-run week this season.
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CBS WILL FINISH THIS SEASON AS AMERICA’S MOST-WATCHED NETWORK FOR 11TH STRAIGHT YEAR
Network Wins 21 out of Season’s 33 Weeks to-Date, Including Last 11 in a Row
Wins Crown for 16th Time in 17 Years
CBS Also Tops in Adults 25-54 and One-Tenth off Lead in Adults 18-49
#1 Network Has Reached Nearly 240 Million Viewers This Season
Across All Dayparts

CBS will finish the 2018-2019 season as “America’s Most Watched Network” for the 11th straight season and for the 16th time in 17 years. So far, CBS has won an incredible 21 out of 33 weeks this year, including the last 11 in a row, to take the crown yet again. Impressively, even when discounting the Network’s massive Super Bowl audience, it will still win the season by 16%.

CBS is now averaging 9.03 million viewers, +1.7 million viewers, or +23% ahead of second place NBC (versus 7.32), +59% ahead of ABC (5.68m) and +64% ahead of Fox (5.49m). All numbers are according to Nielsen most current ratings through May 12. The Network also is first in adults 25-54 (2.2, tie) and only -0.1 behind in adults 18-49 (1.5).

According to Nielsen NPower (6+ minute qualifier), CBS has reached 239 million viewers this season across all dayparts, beating its closest competitor (NBC) by +9.4 million viewers.

The following are some additional highlights of CBS’ winning 2018-2019 season:
  • CBS has 13 of the top 30 “most-watched” broadcast series.
  • CBS has 12 time-period-winning programs, more than all other networks combined.
  • 10 CBS series are averaging 10+ million viewers, more than any other network.
  • CBS has eight of the top 10 comedies – more than the other networks combined.
  • CBS has 11 of the top 20 broadcast dramas – more than the other networks combined.
  • All three series in the NCIS franchise deliver more than 10 million viewers.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY is the season’s most-watched series.
  • YOUNG SHELDON is the season’s #2 comedy and MOM is #3 (both behind THE BIG BANG THEORY).
  • NCIS is the season’s most-watched drama.
  • FBI is the most-watched new series.
  • 60 MINUTES is the most-watched news program.

CBS RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 12
CBS TAKES WEEK 33 OF 2018-2019 SEASON
WINS 11TH WEEK IN A ROW
THE BIG BANG THEORY” AND “NCIS” WERE WEEK’S TOP
BROADCAST SHOWS
NETWORK WINS FRIDAY FOR 31st WEEK THIS SEASON

CBS was again the most-watched network during week 33 of the 2018-2019 broadcast season according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sunday, May 12. CBS has now been #1 in viewers for 11 consecutive weeks and 16 out of the last 17.

For week 33, CBS had an average of 5.88 million weekly viewers, beating NBC (4.07m), ABC (3.63m) and FOX (2.45m). Season-to-date, CBS is first with 9.03 million viewers, and NBC is second (7.32m), followed by ABC (5.68m) and FOX (5.49m). 

Season to date, the Network is tied for first place in adults 25-54 (2.2) and is in second place (by only 0.1) in adults 18-49 (1.5, tie).

On Monday, BULL was first in viewers (6.21m), adults 25-54 (1.0/04) and adults 18-49 (0.6/03, tie). BULL was Monday’s #1 scripted program in viewers.

On Tuesday, per usual, CBS was first in viewers (9.03m), adults 25-54 (1.3/05) and adults 18-49 (0.8/04, tie). NCIS was the night’s #1 broadcast in viewers (11.66m), adults 25-54 (1.7/07) and adults 18-49 (1.0/05). At 9:00 PM, FBI was first in viewers (8.76m). 10:00 PM’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was tops for the hour in viewers (6.68m) as well.

On Wednesday night, SURVIVOR was first in adults 25-54 (2.1/08) and adults 18-49 (1.5/07). SURVIVOR was the night’s #1 broadcast in both key demos.

On Thursday, CBS was first in viewers (7.82m), adults 25-54 (1.8/07) and adults 18-49 (1.1/05) as THE BIG BANG THEORY was the week’s top broadcast in viewers (12.59m), adults 25-54 (3.3/13) and adults 18-49 (2.0/10) with its largest audience since March 7. YOUNG SHELDON was first in viewers (10.48m), adults 25-54 (2.5/09) and adults 18-49 (1.5/07) in its 8:30 PM half hour, while the MOM season six finale at 9:00 PM was tops in viewers (8.08m), adults 25-54 (1.8/07) and adults 18-49 (1.1/05). MOM delivered its largest audience since March 7. The 9:30 PM comedy LIFE IN PIECES was first in viewers (5.59m), adults 25-54 (1.3/05) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (0.8/04). S.W.A.T. at 10:00 PM was first in viewers (5.02m), adults 25-54 (1.1/04) and adults 18-49 (0.7/03, tie). 

On Friday night, CBS was first in viewers (6.91m) for the 31st time in 33 weeks, while also tops in adults 25-54 (1.1/05) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04). The MACGYVER season three finale was #1 in viewers (5.47m). HAWAII FIVE-0 at 9:00 PM was first in viewers (6.78m), adults 25-54 (1.1/04) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04). The night’s biggest show, the BLUE BLOODS season nine finale, was first in viewers (8.48m), adults 25-54 (1.2/05) and adults 18-49 (0.8/04). BLUE BLOODS was the night’s #1 program in viewers with its largest audience since Feb. 15.

On Saturday, 48 HOURS at 10:00 PM was first in viewers (2.87m) and was the night’s most-watched program.

On Sunday, 60 MINUTES delivered a first place 7.82 million viewers, while the special event series THE RED LINE was second from 8:00-10:00 PM with 3.47 million viewers. NCIS: LOS ANGELES finished the night in first with 5.98 million viewers.

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME
Week #33 of 2018-2019 Season (ending: 5/12/19)
VIEWERS


(000)
CBS
5.88m
NBC
4.07m
ABC
3.63m
FOX
2.45m
A25-54



Rtg
Sh
CBS
1.1
4
NBC
1.0
4
ABC
1.0
4
FOX
0.8
3
A18-49



Rtg
Sh
CBS
0.7
3
NBC
0.7
3
ABC
0.7
3
FOX
0.6
3
SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (9/24/18-5/12/19)


VIEWERS



CBS
9.03m
NBC
7.32m
ABC
5.68m
FOX
5.49m
A25-54



Rtg
Sh
CBS
2.2
8
NBC
2.2
8
ABC
1.7
6
FOX
2.0
7
A18-49



Rtg
Sh
CBS
1.5
7
NBC
1.6
7
ABC
1.3
6
FOX
1.5
7

“60 MINUTES” MAKES TOP 10 FOR 22ND TIME

60 MINUTES logged in at #8 this week, making the top 10 for the 22nd time this season. The broadcast drew 7.8 million viewers according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, May 12.
Sunday’s 60 MINUTES featured a Bill Whitaker report on charges of price-fixing among the makers of generic drugs, Scott Pelley’s story on an unusual program that brings victims and the felons who harmed them face to face, and a profile of American abstract artist Mark Bradford by Anderson Cooper.
Bill Owens is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program.
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“48 HOURS: #FINDPETERCHADWICK” IS SATURDAY’S #1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM WITH VIEWERS
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48 HOURS: “#FindPeterChadwick” was Saturday’s #1 primetime program with viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 11. The broadcast delivered 2.87 million viewers.
Saturday’s broadcast featured Tracy Smith and 48 HOURS’ investigation into the search for Peter Chadwick, a multimillionaire real estate investor accused of killing his wife and staging a kidnapping plot. 48 HOURS gained exclusive insight into the U.S. Marshals’ search for Chadwick, who was charged with killing his wife and then jumped bail.
Members of the U.S. Marshals team revealed to 48 HOURS they’ve had some key clues to where he is. Chadwick is one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 most-wanted fugitives.
48 HOURS: “#FindPeterChadwick” is produced by Chuck Stevenson and Gayane Keshishyan Mendez. Michelle Fanucci is the field producer. Lauren White is the associate producer. Grayce Arlotta-Berner, George Baluzy and Kevin McLaughlin are the editors. Gail Zimmerman is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
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“THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” CONTINUES LATE NIGHT DOMINATION IN VIEWERS AND ADULT DEMOS

Adults 18-49 Audience Continues to Expand
Last Night’s Show with Anne Hathaway and Ari Melber
(with Special Appearance by RuPaul Charles)
Scores Biggest Tuesday Overnight Audience Since March
During week 32 of the 2018-2019 broadcast season, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (3.58m) beat both “The Tonight Show” (2.20m) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.76m) and was the only late night show up year over year versus the same week in 2017-2018. Source: Nielsen live plus 3-day ratings for week ending Friday, May 3.

With 3-day lift, THE LATE SHOW improved its advantage over “Tonight” in to +1.38 million viewers after leading by +890,000 with same day viewers.

Season-to-date, THE LATE SHOW (3.83m) leads “The Tonight Show” (2.45m) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.08m) by more than +1.3 million viewers, and is tied with “The Tonight Show” in adults 25-54 (0.8/04) and adults 18-49 (0.5/04). THE LATE SHOW continues to beat “Tonight” in adults 18-49 audience (683k versus 666k). Source: Nielsen, live plus 7-day ratings (9/24/18-4/26/19), live plus 3-day ratings (4/29/19-5/3/19).

Last night’s show with guests Anne Hathaway, Ari Melber and a special appearance by RuPaul Charles scored a 2.8 Metered Market overnight rating, THE LATE SHOW’s best Tuesday overnight rating since March 25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t17MUK-Xg9A

CBS RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 5
WHO WAS THE MOST-WATCHED NETWORK FOR WEEK 32?
CBS, OF COURSE
THE BIG BANG THEORY,” “NCIS,” “YOUNG SHELDON,”
FBI” AND “BLUE BLOODS” WERE WEEK’S TOP FIVE BROADCAST SHOWS
NETWORK WINS FRIDAY FOR 30TH WEEK THIS SEASON

CBS remained on top again for the 10th consecutive week, as the Network was once again the most-watched broadcaster during week 32 of the 2018-2019 broadcast season, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sunday, May 5. CBS has now been #1 in viewers for 15 of the past 16 weeks. The week’s top five most-watched broadcast shows were all on CBS: THE BIG BANG THEORY, NCIS, YOUNG SHELDON, FBI and BLUE BLOODS.

For week 32, CBS had an average of 5.96 million weekly viewers, beating NBC (4.55m), ABC (4.64m) and FOX (2.64m). Season-to-date, CBS is first with 9.07 million viewers, and NBC is second (7.37m), followed by ABC (5.71m) and FOX (5.55m).

Season to date, the Network is tied for first place in adults 25-54 (2.2) and is in second place (by only 0.1) in adults 18-49 (1.6, tie).

On Monday, BULL was first in viewers (6.45m), adults 25-54 (0.9/03, tie) and adults 18-49 (0.6/03, tie). BULL was Monday’s #1 scripted program in viewers.

On Tuesday, CBS was first in viewers (9.28m), adults 25-54 (1.4/05) and adults 18-49 (0.9/04). NCIS was the night’s top program in viewers (11.80m), adults 25-54 (1.8/07) and adults 18-49 (1.1/05). FBI was first in viewers (8.86m) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (0.9/04). 

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was #1 at 10:00 PM in viewers (7.16m) and posted its largest audience since March 26.

On Thursday night, CBS was once again first in viewers (7.80m), adults 25-54 (1.8/07) and adults 18-49 (1.1/05). THE BIG BANG THEORY was the week’s top program in viewers (12.48m), while also winning the night in adults 25-54 (3.1/13) and adults 18-49 (1.9/10). YOUNG SHELDON was first in viewers (10.73m), adults 25-54 (2.4/09) and adults 18-49 (1.5/07, tie), while MOM at 9:00 PM was #1 in viewers (7.89m) and adults 25-54 (1.9/07). At 9:30 PM, LIFE IN PIECES was second in viewers (5.58m), adults 25-54 (1.3/05) and adults 18-49 (0.8/04, tie). Rounding out the night, S.W.A.T. was first in viewers (5.00m).

On Friday, CBS won for the 30th time in 32 weeks as the Network was first in viewers (6.74m), adults 25-54 (1.1/04) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04). MACGYVER was tops at 8:00 PM in viewers (5.33m), while HAWAII FIVE-0 was first in viewers (6.77m), adults 25-54 (1.1/04) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04). At 10:00 PM, BLUE BLOODS was #1 for the night in viewers (8.13m), adults 25-54 (1.2/05) and adults 18-49 (0.7/04) with its largest audience since March 8.

On Sunday, CBS started primetime late due to a golf overrun and was second in viewers. However, 60 MINUTES was the night’s top broadcast with 7.60 million viewers. THE RED LINE was #2 in viewers (3.88m), and NCIS: LOS ANGELES at 10:30 PM was first with 4.95 million viewers.

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME
Week #32 of 2018-2019 Season (ending: 5/05/19)
VIEWERS


(000)
CBS
5.96m
NBC
4.55m
ABC
4.64m
FOX
2.64m
A25-54



Rtg
Sh
CBS
1.1
4
NBC
1.3
5
ABC
1.3
5
FOX
0.9
3
A18-49



Rtg
Sh
CBS
0.7
3
NBC
0.9
5
ABC
0.9
5
FOX
0.7
3
SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (9/24/18-5/05/19)


VIEWERS



CBS
9.07m
NBC
7.37m
ABC
5.71m
FOX
5.55m
A25-54



Rtg
Sh
CBS
2.2
8
NBC
2.2
8
ABC
1.7
6
FOX
2.0
7
A18-49



Rtg
Sh
CBS
1.6
7
NBC
1.7
7
ABC
1.3
6
FOX
1.6
7

“60 MINUTES” MAKES TOP 10 FOR 21ST TIME
60 MINUTES made the top 10 again. The broadcast cracked the elite list for the 21st time this season, drawing 7.6 million viewers to rank #8, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, May 5.
Sunday’s 60 MINUTES featured Scott Pelley’s story on ransomware used to hold the data of governments, hospitals and businesses hostage; a look at the debilitating disease that can strike before middle age called frontotemporal dementia by Bill Whitaker; and Jon Wertheim’s report on a Canadian singer who combines indigenous throat singing with punk, rock and heavy metal to create her unique art.
Bill Owens is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program.
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“48 HOURS: THE CASE AGAINST ENRICO FORTI” IS SATURDAY’S #1 NON-SPORTS PRIMETIME PROGRAM WITH VIEWERS

Enrico Forti
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48 HOURS: “The Case Against Enrico Forti” was Saturday’s #1 non-sports primetime program with viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 4. The broadcast delivered 3.01 million viewers and a 0.5/02 with adults 25-54, the demographic that matters most to those who advertise in news.
Saturday’s broadcast featured Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS’ investigation into the case against Enrico Forti, a former windsurfing champion and Italian television producer who had contracts with ESPN, and who sits in a Florida prison serving out a life sentence for a murder he says he didn’t commit. The report raised serious questions about whether the right man is in prison for a homicide and whether a shooter is still out there.
Forti was convicted in 2000 of killing Dale Pike and leaving his body on a quiet Miami beach. Forti was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His attorney said there is no forensic evidence linking Forti to the murder. There was, however, less than a teaspoon of sand that prosecutors said was from the crime scene and linked to Forti. At the time of Pike’s death, Forti was negotiating to buy a hotel in Ibiza, Spain, owned by the victim’s father, Tony. Dale Pike and his brother, Brad, felt Pikes Hotel was worth millions more than their father was asking. Dale Pike flew to Miami to discuss the deal. Forti met him at the airport.
Pike was later shot twice in the back of the head and left on a Miami beach. Forti was immediately a suspect because he was the last known person to see Pike alive. And Forti lied to police about picking Pike up at the airport.
Moriarty and 48 HOURS investigate the death of Dale Pike and the path that led Forti to prison through interviews with Dale Pike’s brother Brad, Forti’s attorney Joe Tacopina, Forti, Forti’s friends and others. 48 HOURS also spoke with a juror who does not believe Forti helped or killed Pike even though she helped convict him. Moreover, 48 HOURS also reported on new information that revealed the case against Forti was weak.
48 HOURS: “The Case Against Enrico Forti” is produced by Paul LaRosa, Murray Weiss and Sabina Castelfranco. Dena Goldstein is the field producer. Jud Johnston, Michael McHugh , Gregory McLaughlin and Michael Vele are the editors. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
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