CBS's 48 HOURS is No. 1 Non-Sports Program with Viewers & A25 - 54
48 HOURS: "Reality Kills" was Saturday's #1 non-sports program with viewers and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Nov. 11. 48 HOURS: "Reality Kills" delivered 4.20 million viewers and a 1.0/03 with adults 25-54, the demographic that matters most to those who advertise in news.
Saturday's broadcast featured Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS' investigation into whether being on camera for a true-crime television show influenced the way an Atlanta detective investigated an alleged rape of Victoria Rickman and the shooting death of her boyfriend, Will Carter, Jr.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2013, Rickman called 9-1-1 to report she had repeatedly shot her boyfriend. She said that he raped her and she shot to stop the attack. When Atlanta Police Department Detective Summer Benton arrived on the scene she had a camera crew for a true-crime TV series, "Inside Homicide," in tow. Benton felt something wasn't right - maybe Rickman's story wasn't correct.
More than six hours later, Rickman was arrested and charged with murder. Prosecutors maintained that Rickman made up the rape to cover for shooting him. Her defense attorney, Amanda Clark Palmer, maintained that Benton made mistakes during the investigation and was guilty of a rush to judgment because she was being tailed by a TV crew.
48 HOURS was in the courtroom for the August trial, and returned on Sept. 1 when a jury decided Rickman's fate, and later when a judge decided her future. 48 HOURS: "Reality Kills" is produced by Paul LaRosa and Elena DiFiore. Stephen A. McCain and Michelle Feuer are the development producers. Ken Blum, Doreen Schechter and Gary Winter are the editors. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.