20/20 Up Double Digits as It Devotes Hour to Turpin Family

By Chris Ariens 

20/20’s decision to produce an instant special on this week’s stunning story out of Perris, Calif., gave ABC a ratings boost last night.

20/20 produced an hour on the latest developments on the Turpin family, 13 siblings who police say were held captive inside their home, and the arrest of their parents.

With 4.8 million total viewers, the hour built on its lead-in and also topped Dateline NBC as the most-watched newsmagazine of the night. The show was up double digits week over week in the important demos, averaging a 1.2 in A25-54 and a 0.8 in A18-49.

Still, viewers chose fictionalized crime over the real thing at 10 p.m. as CBS’s Blue Bloods was the most-watched show in the hour averaging 9.35 million total viewers, a 1.5 rating in the A25-54 demo, and a 0.9 in A18-49.