NBC Katrina Special Tops Prime Time

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NBC’s Dateline special drew the largest audience among the Hurricane Katrina news specials aired in prime time by the Big Three news divisions Wednesday.

NBC’s hour-long program started at 8 p.m. and drew an 8.0 household rating and 13 share—making it the top-rated prime time program of the night—according to Nielsen fast national ratings.

ABC News’ 10-11 p.m. special, In the Path of Katrina, was next at a 6.3/11. CBS broadcast 48 Hours: Katrina’s Fury from 8-8:30 p.m, drawing a 5.7/10.

Fast national ratings are time-period estimates that are subject to change after final results are tallied. Live programming, such as the specials above, are particularly subject to later revision.