46 million watch bombing suspect’s capture
April 22, 2013
It was reality TV in the darkest, real-est sense, and viewers turned out in droves to watch it.
Some 46 million total viewers tuned in to the broadcast and cable channels at 8 p.m. Friday night to see the capture of the Boston bombing suspect and watch the aftermath play out, with live coverage that lasted through primetime.
NBC led the hour with 10.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen, and ABC was second with 7.8 million, 200,000 more than Fox News. CBS and CNN were right behind with 6.9 million and 6.8 million apiece.
NBC led primetime coverage with 8.9 million and ABC was second with 7.2 million, followed by CBS in third with 6.7 million. Fox News Channel was fourth at 6 million, CNN fifth at 5.4 million, and MSNBC sixth at 1.7 million.
The broadcast networks preempted much of their daytime schedules to cover the chase for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon with his older brother, killed by police Thursday night.
Tsarnaev eluded capture in Watertown, Mass., leading to a citywide lockdown that lasted more than 12 hours as police tried to ferret out his hiding place. They finally found him around 8:30 p.m.
Dzhokhar and Tamerlan TsarnaevWikipedia: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ([djo-KHAR tsar-NA-yeff]; born July 22, 1993) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev ([ta-mer-LAN tsar-NA-yeff]; October 21, 1986 April 19, 2013) are suspects in the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings. →
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