WHISTLEBLOWER was Friday’s #1 broadcast with viewers at 8:00 PM and posted week-to-week viewer growth, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Friday, June 21.
The broadcast delivered 3.38 million viewers and a 0.5/02 with adults 25-54. WHISTLEBLOWER added +140,000 viewers from the previous week and was even in 25-54.
Friday’s broadcast featured Alex Ferrer and WHISTEBLOWER’s investigation into the journey of Mark Sersansie and Bill Reynolds, who say they uncovered one of the most complex – and dangerous – back-surgery schemes to defraud workers compensation in California state history. They say at the center of the scheme were doctors who were being paid large kickbacks to steer patients into spinal fusion surgery at specific hospitals, including many cases where they allege the procedures were medically unnecessary. They did this to take advantage of a former provision in California’s workers’ compensation law that allowed hospitals to “pass through” to insurance carriers the entire cost of medical hardware used in spinal surgeries. The pass-through provision placed no dollar limits on the cost of the hardware, which allowed hospitals to invoice and obtain reimbursement from insurance carriers for deceptively inflated amounts.
One of the distributors of the spinal hardware devised a plan to make even more money by manufacturing its own surgical screws, called pedicles, using non-FDA approved materials. Once implanted, the counterfeit hardware could potentially leach harmful substances and cause dangerous infections.
WHISTLEBLOWER is produced by CBS News Productions and CBS Television Studios. Alex Ferrer is the host. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer. Anthony Batson, Alex Ferrer and Ted Eccles are the executive producers. Peter Bull is the senior producer. Alicia Tejada is the senior coordinating producer. Resa Matthews is the producer. Sara Holmberg is the field producer. Marcus Balsam, Gary Winter, Libby Fabricatore, Pascal Akesson, Michelle Harris, James Taylor are the editors.
“WHISTLEBLOWER” IS FRIDAY’S #1 BROADCAST WITH VIEWERS AT 8:00 PM
WHISTLEBLOWER was Friday’s #1 broadcast with viewers at 8:00 PM, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for June 12. The broadcast delivered 3.24 million viewers and posted a 0.5/03 with adults 25-54 and a 0.3/02 with adults 18-49.
Friday’s broadcast featured Alex Ferrer and the WHISTLEBLOWER team’s investigation into a dangerous insurance fraud at an Indiana hospital as well as the journey of a whistleblower who identified a kickback scheme at a mortuary company in Birmingham, Ala., that cost taxpayers more than $2 million.
WHISTLEBLOWER is produced by CBS News Productions and CBS Television Studios. Alex Ferrer is the host. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer. Anthony Batson, Alex Ferrer and Ted Eccles are the executive producers. Peter Bull is the senior producer. Alicia Tejada is the senior coordinating producer. Magalie Laguerre and Caroline Sommers are the producers. Dani Levy and Mirella Brussani are the associate producers. Marcus Balsam, Libby Fabricatore, Maria Barrow and Greg Socher are the editors.
“THE 73RD ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®” PACES CBS TO SUNDAY WIN
CBS’ broadcast of THE 73RD ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, hosted by THE LATE LATE SHOW’s James Corden, delivered 5.5 million viewers from 8:00-11:00 PM, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Sunday, June 9. On a highly competitive Sunday night, CBS was the top broadcast network with 5.9 million viewers.
The top five highest-rated metered-markets for the awards broadcast were New York (7.8/14), San Diego (7.2/15), Dayton (6.9/12), West Palm Beach (6.7/11) and Ft. Myers/Naples (6.7/12).
“WHISTLEBLOWER” IS FRIDAY’S #1 PROGRAM AT 8:00 PM WITH VIEWERS AND ADULTS 25-54
“Whistleblower” Posts Series’ Best Audience Delivery
WHISTLEBLOWER was Friday’s #1 broadcast at 8:00 PM in viewers and adults 25-54 (tied with ABC), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for May 31. WHISTLEBLOWER also posted the series’ best viewer delivery for the second consecutive week and matched its best adults 25-54 rating.
Friday’s broadcast delivered 4.14 million viewers and a 0.7/04 with adults 25-54. WHISTLEBLOWER added +210,000 viewers when compared to the season premiere a week earlier (from 3.93m, +5%).
Hosted by Alex Ferrer, WHISTLEBLOWER features investigations into the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of heroic people who put everything on the line to stop illegal and dangerous wrongdoing, often when major corporations or individuals rip off the government and U.S. taxpayers. The cases examined this season represent potential fraud totaling more than $2 billion.The series takes viewers behind the scenes as these unsung heroes step up and risk everything to expose unethical greed and activities as they try to protect those who are most vulnerable to fraudulent scams.
Friday’s broadcast featured an investigation into allegations of tax fraud and money laundering by members of the Kingston Clan, a secretive polygamous sect. The report included interviews with Bryan and Mary Nelson, who revealed they tipped off the FBI to wrongdoing that led to an indictment against several individuals of the Kingston sect, who the government alleges were responsible for a $511 million tax fraud scheme.
WHISTLEBLOWER is produced by CBS News and CBS Television Studios.Alex Ferrer is the host. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer. Anthony Batson, Alex Ferrer and Ted Eccles are the executive producers.