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The Two Separate Hours of “The Hollywood Ripper” Finish as the #1 and #2 Non-Sports Primetime Broadcasts with Viewers

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The 2019-2020 season premiere of “48 HOURS” delivered the broadcast’s largest audience for an all-new edition since April 27, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sept. 14, 2019.

The two separate hours of 48 HOURS: “The Hollywood Ripper” finished as the #1 and #2 non-sports programs of the night with viewers. At 9:00 PM, 48 HOURS delivered 3.36 million viewers and a 0.6/03 with adults 25-54, and at 10:00 PM, 48 HOURS delivered 3.26 million viewers and a 0.7/03 with adults 25-54

Saturday’s broadcast featured Maureen Maher and 48 HOURS’ investigation of Michael Gargiulo, the serial killer known as “The Hollywood Ripper.” Prosecutors say Gargiulo attacked four young women. One of the victims was killed on the same night she was planning to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher. For more than 10 years, Maher has been tracking the Hollywood Ripper and the team’s work helped break the case wide open.

Maher’s coverage began in 2008, with the unsolved murder of Tricia Pacaccio who was brutally stabbed and left to die on the doorstep of her family’s Glenview, Ill., home in 1993. At the time, Gargiulo was a 17-year-old high school student living around the corner. Police did not suspect him, but Pacaccio’s family later did.

Gargiulo headed to Los Angeles, and where he went, say prosecutors, attacks followed. In 2001, 22-year-old fashion student Ashley Ellerin was stabbed 47 times. In 2005 Maria Bruno, a mother of four, was also slaughtered, and in 2008 Michelle Murphy was attacked, but she survived. Gargiulo lived near all of his victims.

Maher’s report on the case aired in 2011. Soon after the 48 HOURS broadcast, two key witnesses came forward and Gargiulo was charged with the murder of Pacaccio almost 18 years after her death.

In the two-hour season premiere, Maher and 48 HOURS went inside the investigation that connected police in two states and brought Gargiulo to trial in California. The broadcast took a deep dive into who Gargiulo is and how he got away with killing for so long. Maher has first interviews with his former friends who knew him well and provide rare insight into what makes him tick. The broadcast featured Gargiulo’s acting audition tape and a rare conversation with Gargiulo from jail, where he talks about the charges against him. Maher also had an interview with Pacaccio’s family.

48 HOURS: “The Hollywood Ripper” is produced by Chuck Stevenson, Ruth Chenetz, and Lauren Clark. Doug Longhini, Gayane Keshishyan Mendez and Greg Fisher are the development producers. Dena Goldstein is the field producer. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer of 48 HOURS.

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