Latest on Boston Bombing Lifts 60 Minutes to Number One in Prime Time Ratings

WCBS-blue-and-grey-new-logoBy JERRY BARMASH

60 Minutes is always hovering around the top of the weekly prime time ratings in New York. But Sunday, the venerable newsmagazine had a number-one showing with details on the Boston Marathon bombings.

The show had an estimated 1.1 million WCBS viewers and a 5.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

ABC News special coverage from Boston scored a Top 10 finish (712,000/3.6).

There was no clear winner among American Idol and Dancing With The Stars. The Fox and ABC programs tied for second place with 1 million viewers and a 5.1 rating.

Even more unique, Idol and Dancing, were locked in fourth position, and were joined by NBC’s The Voice. The broadcasts averaged just under 1 million viewers and a 4.9 rating.

The Voice also took seventh place by itself (856,000/4.4).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

For the week ending April 21, 2013:

  • Eighth                  The Good Wife                 WCBS      (770,000/3.9)
  • Ninth               The Big Bang Theory          WCBS      (718,000/3.7)

Other programs of note, Friday’s edition of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN tied for 16th, with an NBC News special report, as all eyes were focused on the doings in Boston.

NBC’s special broadcast the night of the bombings was 24th.  It tied with CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, which was also the benefactor of the Friday manhunt, tying for 24th (489,000/2.5).

Using the Idol lead-in to its advantage, Fox 5 News at 10 tied with Steve Lacy and Dari Alexander for 14th (572,000/2.9).

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