The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal writes about Nancy Grace’s ratings windfall for HLN…
Headline News is a channel that averages 337,000 viewers in prime time, a 59 percent increase from the 212,000 viewers it attracted before changing formats two years ago. Grace and radio talk-show host Glenn Beck are making a lot of noise–not just arguing with people but, alas, in terms of ratings.
Where Headline News averaged around 200,000 viewers before Grace’s arrival, it now does better than a half-million in her time period. The ratings for Beck’s slot since he arrived in May, and bumped “Showbiz Tonight” to another time, are up 65 percent. Among viewers age 18 to 49, he’s up 95 percent.
In the two hours after Hussein’s death, CNN’s viewership swelled to 2.98 million viewers (including 1.4 million in the 25-54 demographic), Fox News Channel drew 2.6 million (976,000 among 25-to 54-year-olds) and MSNBC drew 704,000 (340,000 in the demo).