News Magazines Have a Big Weekend

By Jordan Chariton 

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It was a big weekend for network news magazines.

Friday night, “Dateline NBC” drew 7.5 million viewers at 8pmET winning the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos. Later Friday, at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20” won its hour among the other networks with 7.6 million total viewers and 2.6 million in the A25-54 demo, winning the hour in the demos.

The debut of Dateline’s “Saturday Night Mysteries” drew 5.2 million viewers and 1.6 million in the A25-54 demo from 8pm-10pmET, topping the other broadcast networks. Excluding sports, this was NBC’s best Saturday night time slot in three years. At 10pm, CBS Saturday stalwart “48 Hours” drew 5.1 million viewers.

And last night, the granddaddy of news magazines, CBS’ “60 Minutes” drew 10.6 million total viewers, up +15% from the week before.

All ratings information is preliminary Nielsen data. Final numbers come out tomorrow.