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CBS News Correspondents Reflect On 25 Years Of ’48 Hours’

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the primetime CBS newmsagazine “48 Hours.”

To honor the program, a number of correspondents reflect on their time working on stories for the show. Below, Maureen Maher talks about what types of stories she seeks out.

Correspondents Richard Schlesinger, Susan Spencer, Troy Roberts, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant and others give their takes here.

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’48 Hours Mystery’ Continues to Top Saturday Nights

The venerable CBS News show “48 Hours Mystery” continues to rule Saturday nights on broadcast TV.

Last Saturday, the show was the most-watched of the night drawing 6.78 million total viewers. It was also number one in the A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Compared to the same night last year, the show was up +13% in households, +6% in A25-54 and +8% in A18-49. It was the show best performance since December.

The broadcast featured correspondent Maureen Maher’s report, “The Writing on the Wall,” about a triple homicide in a small Illinois town. Christopher Coleman (above), head of security for well-known televangelist Joyce Meyer, was found guilty of strangling his wife, Sheri, and their two young sons, Gavin and Garett.

Tonight’s episode features Peter Van Sant‘s report titled “Ransom” about the kidnapped son of a millionaire and the wild ransom note that followed.

’48 Hours Mystery’ is Saturday’s #1 Program

Drawing 5.38 million viewers, CBS News’ “48 Hours Mystery” was the most-watched show on TV Saturday night. The broadcast, which featured a Peter Van Sant report about a mother’s search for justice after her daughter’s death was ruled a suicide. Renowned true-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote a best-seller based on the case, was also featured. The show was also #1 in the key demos, drawing a 1.4 rating/4 share in A25-54 viewers and a 1.0/03 in A18-49 viewers.

Broadcasters Plan for Amanda Knox Verdict

The jury in the Amanda Knox trial has reached a verdict, and the broadcast networks will all offer special reports when the decision is announced (expected around 3:30 p.m.ET).

Lester Holt will anchor from Perugia, Italy, on NBC. Special reports from ABC and CBS will both originate from New York, with correspondents reporting from Perugia — on ABC, Diane Sawyer anchors with Elizabeth Vargas contributing, and on CBS, Bob Schieffer anchors with Peter Van Sant contributing.

>Update: All three networks went to their respective special reports around 3:45 p.m., shortly before the jury overturned the murder conviction. Knox, now a free woman, is reportedly headed back to the U.S. CBS wrapped up their special report at 3:52 p.m., followed by NBC at 3:55 p.m. and ABC at 3:57 p.m.