It looks like Drudge got it wrong yesterday. Lisa de Moraes in the Washington Post reports today that Nightline scored a ratings coup with their reading of the dead:
“The preliminary rating is about 22 percent higher than the show had done the previous Friday in the metered markets. In fact, it’s the biggest metered-market rating for ‘Nightline’ during a May sweeps since 2002.”
The Executive Producer of Nightline told de Moraes last week that he didn’t even KNOW May was a ratings period. That’s his report. You decide.