ABC News made the shrewd decision to stick with the Osama Bin Laden story on Sunday night after President Obama’s press conference while NBC and CBS returned to original episodes of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition and The Amazing Race on the west coast.
Led by anchor George Stephanopoulos, ABC News remained on the air on the east and west coasts to talk with survivors of 9/11 and provide updates on the mission to track down Bin Laden. All the while, it kept a live feed on the huge crowds that gathered in front of the White House, as well as outside Ground Zero and Times Square in New York. By nearly 1 A.M. ET, Stephanopoulos even had a widower in his studio, who talked about the death of his wife at the World Trade Center and the jubilation he was feeling about Bin Laden’s death.
ABC had an original of Desperate Housewives ready to air on the west coast before the news division went live with Obama’s news conference around 11:30 p.m. ET. CBS and NBC returned to regular programming shortly after the address.
The Alphabet net went back to an original episode of Housewives at 10 p.m. on the west coast.