TVNewser reported in August that ABC has ordered another season of the ABC News “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?,” now the network has finally added th program to its schedule. ABC will premiere a “best of” edition of the show Friday, October 22.
The series, hosted by ABC News correspondent John Quinones, ran in the same 9 PM Friday slot over the summer, where it routinely beat the broadcast competition in both total viewers and the key 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Now it will get a chance to prove its worth against the other network’s Fall lineups, even if Friday is not the most competitive day.
ABC News has ordered a new season of John Quiñones‘ “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?”, TVNewser has learned. ABC confirms that the network has ordered a full season and that episodes are already in production, though air-dates have not been scheduled.
The summer run of “What Would You Do?,” which was comprised entirely of re-aired segments, won its Friday 9pm time slot in total viewers and the 18-49 and 24-54 demos, averaging 3.9 million total viewers on Fridays and 4.5 million on Tuesdays. Fridays it averaged a 1.3 rating/share among adults 18-49 and 1.5/5 among adults 25-54. On Tuesdays it averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 and a 2/5 among adults 25-54. The program posted big gains for the network year-to-year in the Friday time slot as well.
Earlier: Quiñones talks to TVNewser about the return of “WWYD” as well as the major changes that have taken place at ABC News.
Jean Casarez, truTV “In Session” correspondent, got a look inside the Peruvian jail cell that alleged murderer Joran van der Sloot will remain in during his trial. TVNewser spoke to Casarez about the report from Peru between live hits for CNN and HLN today.
She attributes the prison’s invitation to “old fashioned journalism and talking to sources” explaining that they had put in the request for a tour soon after arriving in the region. “One reason they wanted us to come in is that they focus on rehabilitation,” she told us. “They felt Castro Castro had been sensationalized by the world people and wanted everyone to know that its not what people think it is.”
The prison has become the latest hot topic for newsers on the van der Sloot beat. ABC News’ John Quinones also went inside Castro Castro for “Good Morning America.” (Video after the jump)
“It was extremely high security for us to get in: electronic fingerprints, pictures, passports, a full body scanner.” Casarez told us. She said she was given considerable access by the prison and toured van der Sloot’s cell while guards moved him to another building.
Casarez has been in Peru for two weeks, arriving shortly after van der Sloot arrived in Lima. “It’s really an amazing opportunity to be down here,” she told us. “People have been very forthcoming with information that we’ve been able to impart to the world.”
According to early overnight ratings, ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” which had its season premiere at 9pm, was the top-rated show in the A18-49 demo Friday evening. In total viewers, the “Primetime” series could not outdraw any of CBS’ scripted programming, however, and, like the 10pm “Dateline NBC,” drew about 6 million viewers. It was the second-highest rated broadcast for ABC in that hour this season. TVNewser spoke with ABC News’ John Quiñones Friday morning about the show and what’s going on at the network.
On today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, ABC News’ John Quiñones talks with us about his “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?” which returns to the air tonight on ABC at 9pmET.
A “candid-camera with an ethical twist,” the show manufacturers interesting moral dilemmas using actors mixed with random passerby to see how they react. Quiñones tells us, “Sometimes people are amused, sometimes they’re shocked and angry, but in the end we’re always encouraged by how ordinary people who don’t know they’re on hidden camera react when they see something that seems unfair or out of whack.”
Having started at ABC News in 1982, he also told us a bit about the changes the network has gone through including the recent staff buyouts. He says, “It’s been a really tough time, there’s no getting around it…but the whole business has changed. We can’t cover the news the way we used to.”
In addition, Charlie Gibson will have an exclusive interview with Army Chief of Staff General George Casey Jr. and his wife, Sheila.
Last night on the broadcast, Gibson reflected on his time in the military, discussing the location of the massacre with correspondent John Quinones: “I go back to my time in the military, John. This is a processing center. And I remember, we used to line up to get shots and whatever just before we were about to do anything.”
ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman will also be reporting live form Orlando on the mass shooting there.
The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes about the upcoming “What Would You Do?” series on ABC, returning tomorrow at 10pm. The program was the “highest-rated newsmagazine among younger viewers” during its five installments last year.
This season, ABC airs 10 hour-long episodes.
“It’s the kind of insightful television that makes you think, the water-cooler stuff you talk about the next morning,” said host John Quinones to Bauder. “It’s pretty powerful, and a reminder that you’re not in this world alone. You have to look out for your fellow human beings.”
Also, we wonder what Chris Hansen thinks of this sentence: “Now [Quinones] spends most of his time on concocted social situations, a few steps up in class from NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’ series.”