(L-R) Chris Grover and Nicole Addimando.
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48 HOURS: “The Case Against Nicole Addimando” delivered the broadcast’s largest audience since May 16 and matched season highs with adults 25-54, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, Nov. 21. The broadcast delivered 3.09 million viewers with 667,000 adults 25-54. The broadcast was up +20% in adults 25-54 (0.6/03 from 0.5/03) and added +90,000 viewers (from 3.00m) when compared to the previous week.
Saturday’s broadcast featured correspondent Jericka Duncan and 48 HOURS’ investigation into the death of popular gymnastics coach Chris Grover and the murder case against his partner Nicole Addimando. The death of Grover and the legal proceedings against Addimando have divided the community in Poughkeepsie, N.Y, and hinge on the question of whether Addimando murdered Grover or whether she was, as she argues, acting in self-defense against an abusive partner.
On Sept. 28, 2017, a police officer spotted a car stopped at a green light. When he sounded his air horn to get the car to move, an agitated Addimando got out and told him something had gone terribly wrong at home. She told police that her partner Grover had abused her for years. She said things reached a boiling point when Grover came home from work that day, after Child Protective Services visited to investigate an anonymous report earlier that morning. At one point that night, she said, they lay down on the couch together and Grover pulled a gun from the cushions. When Addimando asked to leave, by her account, he said he would kill her. Addimando said she got the gun away from Grover and shot him in self-defense.
Was Addimando telling the truth? Family, friends and advocates for victims of domestic violence rallied to her defense, but the community was split. On the other side, Grover’s family, coworkers and many of his gymnastics students believe he wasn’t abusive.
48 HOURS: “The Case Against Nicole Addimando” is produced by Mary Ann Rotondi. Emma Steele is the field producer. Michelle Sigona and Marc Goldbaum are the development producers. Mead Stone is the producer editor. Jud Johnston and George Baluzy are the editors. Peter Schweitzer and Gail Zimmerman are the senior producers. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
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