All three evening newscasts updated the west coast versions of their broadcasts last night to report the news of the death of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. The news of Holbrooke’s death at George Washington University Hospital broke around 7:40pmET.
Preliminary overnight numbers are in and, thanks to a little help from “Dancing with the Stars” and a hyped exclusive interview with Jesse James, ABC’s “Nightline” saw its best ratings since the program’s relaunch on November 28, 2005.
“Nightline” drew 6.82 million viewers at 11:35pm last evening and a 2.29 rating in the A25-54 demo. For comparison, NBC’s “Tonight” show drew 3.69 million viewers (1.43 rating) and CBS’ “Late Show” drew 3.45 million (1.21 rating) for their hour-long broadcasts.
Despite drawing its smallest audience yet for a finale, DWTS still drew nearly 20 million total viewers for the big finish last night.
Television personality/motorcycle manufacturer Jesse James appeared on the late-night news program for a sit-down with Vicki Mabrey and spoke candidly about his high-profile split with actress Sandra Bullock. A clip after the jump.
“Nightline’s” Vicki Mabrey gets the first interview with Sandra Bullock‘s ex Jesse James. The sit-down will air next Tuesday, May 25. The ABCNews.com story about the story reveals absolutely nothing about what James actually tells Mabrey, but there are six more days to milk the interview before it airs.
TVNewser dropped by ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross‘ book party last night at ABC’s Times Square studios. “The Madoff Chronicles” hit store shelves this week and many of Ross’ colleagues were on hand to congratulate him last night.
ABC News President David Westin described Ross as “The premier investigative reporter working today,” and said, “I think it’s also a bigger occasion to celebrate the work, in general, that you do with all of your colleagues. We at ABC news couldn’t be prouder of the work that you do.”
Ross also addressed the crowd and thanked Westin and everyone who helped him along the way including senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz and the rest of her team. He also added, “Finally, we have to thank Bernie and Ruth.”