'The Woman Who Wasn't There' Breaks Investigation Discovery Ratings Record

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April 19th, 2012

via press release:


--Encore Presentation of THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE To Air Tomorrow, Friday, April 20 at 8 PM (E/P) --

(Silver Spring, MD) - On Tuesday, April 17, the premiere of Investigation Discovery's newest ID Films installment, THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE, posted ID's highest delivery for an ID Films ever for P2+ (863k), Household (684k), People 25-54 (423k), and Women 25-54 (305k).* The 8 PM telecast posted a 0.87 Household rating in Primetime and hit a 0.72 rating for Women 25-54, and during its 90-minute timeslot, THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE ranked #7 for Women 25-54 delivery and #13 for People 25-54 delivery.**

For Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Investigation Discovery ranked #12 for Women 25-54 and #19 for People 25-54 delivery in Prime among ad-supported cable.***

An ID Films presentation of a film directed by Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. and produced by Meredith Vieira Productions and 4235 Productions, THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE exposes the truth behind 9/11 "survivor" Tania Head. Head is a woman now famous for her elaborate and in-depth fabrication of her involvement on 9/11, whose lies impacted other survivors and victims' families, and enraged Americans everywhere. With exclusive footage from interviews with Tania shot before her story crumbled, the documentary divulges the full circle of deception from before the truth and after the lies. Viewers who missed the premiere of THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE will be able to catch its encore presentation on Friday, April 20 at 8 PM (E/P) on Investigation Discovery.

ID Films is Investigation Discovery's documentary strand, debuting quarterly television premieres for projects that shine a light on important, overlooked aspects of our justice system and showcase compelling stories of mystery, intrigue, and determination.

*Source: The Nielsen Company, NHI Calendar, L+SD data, 1/27/08-4/17/12, Prime M-Su 8p-11p

** Source: The Nielsen Company, NHI Calendar, 4/17/12, Tue 8p-9:30p, L+SD data, P/W25-54 delivery, Time Period Based Dayparts, excluding any networks that did not air in the entire daypart or time period.

*** Source: The Nielsen Company, NHI Calendar, 4/17/12, Prime Tue 8p-11p, L+SD data, P/W25-54 delivery, Time Period Based Dayparts, excluding any networks that did not air in the entire daypart or time period.


  • Anonymous

    Excellent movie. Great direction and production. There were times I forgot to breathe!

  • Darryl Gaines

    No surprise Mr Guglielmo is a brilliant filmmaker

  • Susie

    So why doesn’t it show up on the list of Top Cable programmings for Tuesday night?

  • Debbie

    What a story – so well presented! Award material! and seriously …. where is Tania Head????

  • Fleur

    I totally missed that whole thing when it first happened. This docu/film was excellent. Watched it the first airing with no idea what her ‘story’ was then watched it when it repeated and saw it in a completely different light. What a story. Good for ID.

  • James

    It was an great insight to that story. I D is stepping their game up.

  • Donna

    I missed it & really wanted to see it. This article says it will be on again April 20 @ 8 but according to the guide it is something else

  • Sandy

    Check you directory. It is repeated on 4/21 in the wee morning hours.

  • Karen

    A very interesting study in psychology! I watched it twice on Tuesday and I’m still trying to figure out what went on in this woman’s mind! Gripping, emotional, mysterious!

  • cass

    I stunned watching this movie! I still cannot grasp how they could not charge her with anything. I have been reading all of the stories on her.
    I wish some one would do an update on her today. where is she now and how
    does she continue living without people finding out who she is. Does she have a new name now, Please someone find out for us so she does not hurt anyone else. The more she is exposed the more we are safe. I really wanted more at the end. Find out if she has had any breakdowns or any help maybe she has changed for the good,or is she blocking the reality of what she has done. Find a person who knows her now and interview them. I want to know
    her life today!!!

  • susieq

    I’m watching it right now 708:30 Central Time and it comes on again at 10:00-11:30 PM and again at 5-6:30 AM Saturday. That big slob just disappeared after deceiving all those good hearted people. Crummy illegal getting attention and money. I could smash her ugly face.

  • StillC

    Ever notice the when any of the ID channels televises a ‘major event’ or even a premier program, that commercials get more numerous and closer together as the conclusion approaches? So annoying, I often see what is coming and just turn it off rather than sit there a hostage to the TV.

  • susieq

    StillC… I agree. WAY too many commercials.
    I can’t believe how forgiving ( dumb ) all the people are who she duped. No wonder this country is in the shape it’s in. Of course, these are New Yorkers.

  • Lisa

    I was looking forward to this production, and might have enjoyed it had it not been for the ridiculous amount of commercials. They were distracting and annoying enough for me to switch the channel after the first half of the show.

  • Kim

    New Yorkers are known all over the country for being savvy, ballsy and street-wise. This woman duped them all into believing her ruse-which is so sad. She screwed so many gullible people and took them for a bundle of money. So…where is she? She’s definitely hiding out somewhere underground, maybe she actually believed her own lies after telling them for so long.

  • Kim

    What sucks is you actually have people who were there at 9-11 such as the first responders and people who worked in the recovery efforts. These people have to fight to get any help that’s entitled to them under the Zadroga Act. These people are suffering from respiratory illnesses, cancers related to being exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero and PTSD. WTF???

    This person pulled a scam that shouldn’t be ignored by the authorities. They should corral her ass and prosecute her, then force her to make restitution.

  • gal511

    This woman is pitiful….how can someone do such a thing?! Yes, we put people in prison for less–this is one of the worst scams done when we needed a voice for 9/11……She needs to pay for the hurt she has caused…

  • Bella

    What an act. She a pathological liar.

  • Gloria

    Someone in a town in nys is being charged for lying about having cancer and soliciting donations for her wedding and honeymoon!! Lied to her family husband lots of local businesses! So why someone who betrays and scams at that multitude as this crazy woman on 9/11 go unPunished??!!!!!hopefully she has left this country and has the good sense to NEVER come back!

  • Jean

    While I agree she is a pathological liar all she sought was attention and did a lot of good in the process. She got no monetary reward, the only deception was that of where she was that day and that her fiance died. Why would she go to jail? This was all verbal with no other harms. I am sure the people she deceived are upset with her, but her punishment at this point is that she has been outed and probably has no one right now. Taking money from people is fraud and a crime and therefore is punishable. I guess we will see what the future holds for her.

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