November 01, 2011 5:47am PT by Lindsay Powers
TV Ratings: Bernie Madoff Wife, Son '60 Minutes' Episode Scores
Sunday's 60 Minutes scored for CBS.
The newsmagazine, which featured interviews with the estranged wife and son of convicted ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, was watched by 18.3 million total viewers, its highest since December 2010. Ruth and Andrew Madoff spoke about their shock at learning of the $60 billion scheme, what they would have done if they knew about it earlier and how Ruth and Bernie tried -- and failed -- at committing suicide ahead to promote new book Truth and Consequences: Life Inside The Madoff Family.
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It also scored a 4.2 rating in the advertiser coveted 18-49 demo, its highest since November 2008. Among the 25-54 demo, it averaged a 5.8 rating, which is its highest since December 2008.
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Helping 60 Minutes was a runover from network's Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots game, which aired for about 30 minutes into primetime and was watched by 28 million viewers.
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60 Minutes' interview aired the same week as ABC News' Barbara Walters' interview with Bernie from prison, and Stephanie Madoff Mack's (the widow of Bernie's son, Mark) memoir The End of Normal was released.