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Thursday, November 15 2018 @ 06:59 PM UTC

'48 Hours: Devil's Island' Posts Broadcast's Best Audience Delivery Since November

Expat TalesBy Amanda Kondolojy - Saturday’s broadcast of “Devil’s Island” delivered the largest audience for 48 HOURS in nearly a year and was the night’s #1 non-sports broadcast in viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Nov. 15.

48 HOURS: “Devil’s Island” (10:00-11:00 PM) averaged 5.60 million viewers and a 1.3/04 with adults 25-54, the demographic that matters most to those who advertise in news. 48 HOURS posted its largest audience since Nov. 23, 2013 and matched season best adults 25-54 rating.

Saturday’s broadcast featured Peter Van Sant and 48 HOURS’ two-year investigation into the disappearance and death of Yvonne Baldelli, who moved to Bocas del Toro in Panama with her boyfriend, Brian Brimager. Brimager returned to California alone and Baldelli was never seen again alive.

The FBI and Panamanian authorities’ investigation into Baldelli’s disappearance would lead through the swamps of Island Bocas del Toro in Panama and back to San Diego, where they learned Brimager was leading a second life and had gotten married. Baldelli’s family also learned Brimager and Baldelli were not as happy as suggested. Brimager was taken into custody in the U.S. after he was charged with obstruction of justice. He was also charged with murder in Panama when Yvonne's remains were discovered not far from where the couple had been living.

48 HOURS: “Devil’s Island” is produced by Chris O’Connell. Mike Vele, Marlon Disla and Alan Miller are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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