“Dateline” (NBC) can be seen each Friday evening at 10/9 p.m. It airs in Albuquerque, NM at 9 p.m. (central time) on KOB 4. Last night’s episode on Jan, 29, 2016 that was called, “The state of Wisconsin vs. Steven A. Avery.” In the overnight TV ratings it garnered 4.94 million TV viewers overall. It reached 1.1 million TV viewers in the all important 18 to 49 adult demographic. “Blue Bloods” (CBS) grabbed 7.77 overall & 1.4 with adults (repeat). “20/20” (ABC) nabbed 5.41 overall & 1.0 with adults.
“Dateline” is an investigative program focusing on crime & murder in the United States. The reporter & narrator of this episode is Andrea Canning.
“The state of Wisconsin vs. Steven A. Avery” opened with a recap of Steven being exonerated of the 1985 rape of a woman named “Penny” through DNA evidence. He was released when that DNA was from another man. Steven was then arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. He was found guilty and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Steven sued the Manitowoc county for $32 million after getting out of jail. It was dropped to $400,000 and the county admitted no guilt in his rape sentence. That money was used for Steven’s two defense lawyer’s when he went on trial for the murder of Teresa.
The documentary “Making a Murderer” on Netlfix grabbed record Internet TV ratings. It also opened up many questions about Steven’s case. He found a new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner who tells “Dateline” that they have new evidence through forensic testing. They also have other suspect’s with the murder of Teresa.
Ken Kratz who prosecuted Steven had resigned as district attorney in 2010. He was charged with sexual harassment in another case. He is now working as a defense attorney in 2016.
You can watch recent episodes of “Dateline” streaming online over at NBC.