Tuesday's '48 Hours Mystery' Is Number 1 in Household Ratings and Viewers

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June 27th, 2012

via press release:


CBS News’ 48 HOURS MYSTERY TUESDAY (R) was first in households (4.0/07) and viewers (5.66m), while delivering a 1.5/04 in adults 25-54, according to preliminary Nielsen same day ratings for June 26. Compared to last week, 48 HOURS MYSTERY TUESDAY was even in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

The broadcast, which aired on the eve of National PTSD Awareness Day, featured Troy Roberts’ emotional report on Pvt. John Needham, who beat to death the woman he loved, 19-year-old Jacque Villagomez. Needham’s story started in Iraq where he was severely injured in combat and exposed to multiple IED and grenade attacks. He was later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Needham’s father says the war took a heavy toll on his son, and ravaged his mind and body. From the beginning, Needham took responsibility for Villagomez’s death but said he remembered little of the incident. He said that as they argued one night, something inside him snapped. He blamed his brain injury and PTSD for the beating that came next.

What’s unsettled about the case is the role Needham’s battle with PTSD played in Villagomez’s murder. Needham’s defense team had planned to use PTSD to explain his psychological state of mind when the murder occurred. As his lawyer was preparing for trial, John Needham died from an overdose of prescription painkillers.

“Private Needham’s War” is one of several updated editions of 48 HOURS MYSTERY episodes that will be broadcast Tuesday nights at 10:00 PM this summer in addition to the program’s usual Saturday 10:00 PM telecasts.

For the week ending June 24, 48 HOURS MYSTERY TUESDAY was tied for #15 in households (4.1/07) and #21 in viewers (5.76m). Summer-to-date, most current, 48 HOURS MYSTERY TUESDAY is tied for #18 overall in households (4.0/07) and #23 in viewers (5.85m).

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  • Debbie McLean

    I would like for you to give me a call about your TV show ptsd, my son passed on 6/4/2012 due to the Army not giving him care when my son asked and his wife asked, a few weeks before he hung himself! They could have saved this from happening if they would have just listened, rather than wanting to give them chill out time. They instead split them up, and he hung himself! But, he begged for some counciling, He needed then not a weeks or month later! My # 678-215-3822 I am in Florida, my son was stationed in Ft Belvoir, Va, He had sat with the President of the US and the first Lady to view, Men of Tuskegee Airmen, He was with blackhawk crew that flew security for top military, and dignitaries. This could have been prevented had his commander given him the ok to go to get some counciling, but instead, she choose to give the time out, with out making sure he had someone watching his every move. If they get took back to barracks, they are suppose to be watched, 24/7. She did not order this! Even though my son’s wife had told her he had been suicidal once before, with the ptsd treatment he was getting while he was in Germany, this is after his time in Iraq was over! She would not even listen to his wife that knew his traits and actions more than anyone!! Just makes me sick what the military is putting our soldiers, families and generations to come through.
    I am only touching the beginning of my son’s story!!

    You can reach my at

    Debbie McLean
    1630 Juno Trail
    Astor, Florida 32102

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