CBS NEWS’ “FACE THE NATION” IS THE #1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS SHOW ON SEPT. 15
CBS News’ FACE THE NATION was the #1 Sunday morning public affairs show on Sept. 15, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings. FACE THE NATION was first in viewers (2.77m), and tied for #1 in adults 25-54 (0.5/03) – the demographic most important to those who advertise in news – and households (1.9/06).
Editor’s Note: FACE THE NATION’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 69.44% of the CBS affiliates.
Television year-to-date, FACE THE NATION is averaging 3.10 million viewers and 0.6/04 in adults 25-54, according to Nielsen most current ratings.
The Sept. 15 broadcast kicked off with an interview with the House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Congresswoman Ilhan Omar appeared on FACE THE NATION in her first one-on-one network news interview. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Ken Cuccinelli, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power also spoke with FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan.
Additionally, FACE THE NATION released a new CBS News poll on climate change, which shows six in 10 Americans say climate change is an issue that should be addressed now. Margaret Brennan also spoke with meteorologist and CBS News climate change contributor Jeff Berardelli about climate change.
Mary Hager is the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning FACE THE NATION, one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television.
“48 HOURS’” 2019-2020 SEASON PREMIERE DELIVERS THE BROADCAST’S LARGEST AUDIENCE SINCE APRIL 2019
The Two Separate Hours of “The Hollywood Ripper” Finish as the #1 and #2 Non-Sports Primetime Broadcasts with Viewers
The 2019-2020 season premiere of “48 HOURS” delivered the broadcast’s largest audience for an all-new edition since April 27, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sept. 14, 2019.
The two separate hours of 48 HOURS: “The Hollywood Ripper” finished as the #1 and #2 non-sports programs of the night with viewers. At 9:00 PM, 48 HOURS delivered 3.36 million viewers and a 0.6/03 with adults 25-54, and at 10:00 PM, 48 HOURS delivered 3.26 million viewers and a 0.7/03 with adults 25-54
Saturday’s broadcast featured Maureen Maher and 48 HOURS’ investigation of Michael Gargiulo, the serial killer known as “The Hollywood Ripper.” Prosecutors say Gargiulo attacked four young women. One of the victims was killed on the same night she was planning to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher. For more than 10 years, Maher has been tracking the Hollywood Ripper and the team’s work helped break the case wide open.
Maher’s coverage began in 2008, with the unsolved murder of Tricia Pacaccio who was brutally stabbed and left to die on the doorstep of her family’s Glenview, Ill., home in 1993. At the time, Gargiulo was a 17-year-old high school student living around the corner. Police did not suspect him, but Pacaccio’s family later did.
Gargiulo headed to Los Angeles, and where he went, say prosecutors, attacks followed. In 2001, 22-year-old fashion student Ashley Ellerin was stabbed 47 times. In 2005 Maria Bruno, a mother of four, was also slaughtered, and in 2008 Michelle Murphy was attacked, but she survived. Gargiulo lived near all of his victims.
Maher’s report on the case aired in 2011. Soon after the 48 HOURS broadcast, two key witnesses came forward and Gargiulo was charged with the murder of Pacaccio almost 18 years after her death.
In the two-hour season premiere, Maher and 48 HOURS went inside the investigation that connected police in two states and brought Gargiulo to trial in California. The broadcast took a deep dive into who Gargiulo is and how he got away with killing for so long. Maher has first interviews with his former friends who knew him well and provide rare insight into what makes him tick. The broadcast featured Gargiulo’s acting audition tape and a rare conversation with Gargiulo from jail, where he talks about the charges against him. Maher also had an interview with Pacaccio’s family.
48 HOURS: “The Hollywood Ripper” is produced by Chuck Stevenson, Ruth Chenetz, and Lauren Clark. Doug Longhini, Gayane Keshishyan Mendez and Greg Fisher are the development producers. Dena Goldstein is the field producer. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer of 48 HOURS.
“48 HOURS: WHAT HAPPENED TO RACHAEL?” IS SATURDAY’S #1 NON-SPORTS PRIMETIME PROGRAM WITH VIEWERS
48 HOURS: “What Happened to Rachael?” was Saturday’s #1 non-sports primetime program with viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sept. 7. The encore broadcast delivered 3.47 million viewers and a 0.7/03 with adults 25-54.
The 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 search for answers. More than a year after DelTondo was gunned down, there are plenty of theories, but no arrests, leaving some to wonder if the case will ever be solved. It’s a case that shook Aliquippa, Pa., and remains the ninth unsolved murder in a city with an underfunded and understaffed police department. There are numerous potential leads for police to follow, including a young Aliquippa High School athlete named Sheldon Jeter and DelTondo’s ex-fiance Frank Catroppa. Both Catroppa and Jeter deny any involvement in Rachael’s death. Local writer and CBS News contributor John Paul says DelTondo was afraid of a lot of people, including the Aliquippa Police.
Also, 48 HOURS: “Storm of Suspicion” was the night’s #2 non-sports primetime program with viewers, according to Nielsen. The encore broadcast delivered 2.79 million viewers and a 0.5/02 with adults 25-54.
48 HOURS: “Storm of Suspicion” is produced by Chris Young Ritzen, Susan Mallie, Marc Goldbaum, Josh Yager, Lourdes Aguiar, Ryan Smith and Claire St. Amant. Linda Martin is the update producer. Mike McHugh, Phil Tangel, Marcus Balsam, Marlon Disla, Joan Adelman, Mike Baluzy, Michelle Harris and Jake Day are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
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.