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Casey Anthony Trial Gives Big Boost To Ratings For Nancy Grace, HLN

Cable news ratings, May 24, 2011:

•The murder trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her daughter, gave a huge boost to ratings for HLN, and in particular the network’s Nancy Grace, who jumped into second place in the 8 p.m. hour among both viewers 25-54 and total viewers. Grace had 376,000 viewers in the demo, easily beating MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell (291,000) and CNN’s In the Arena (160,000). Fox’s Bill O’Reilly finished first, with 612,000 viewers.

•With news and politics–tornadoes in the midwest and a special election in New York–on the front burner, the ten o’clock hour was especially competitive, with Fox, CNN and MSNBC all finishing within 25,000 viewers 25-54. FNC’s Greta Van Susteren won the hour with 330,000 viewers, followed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper (306,000) and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who was just behind Cooper with 305,000.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

407

Blitzer

195

Matthews

185

Special

220

6 pm Baier

428

Blitzer

305

Live

153

Prime

177

7 pm Shep

487

King, USA

267

Matthews

240

Issues

230

8 pm O’Reilly

612

InTheArena

160

O’Donnell

291

Grace

376

9 pm Hannity

538

Morgan

185

Maddow

322

DrDrew

187

10 pm Van Susteren

330

Cooper

306

Schultz

305

Behar

114

11 pm O’Reilly

309

Cooper

335

O’Donnell

217

Showbiz

146

TOTAL DAY 317 200 175 189
PRIME TIME 494 217 306 220
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

1632

Blitzer

629

Matthews

799

Special

867

6 pm Baier

1776

Blitzer

812

Live

549

Prime

742

7 pm Shep

1986

King, USA

763

Matthews

748

Issues

744

8 pm O’Reilly

2674

InTheArena

618

O’Donnell

965

Grace

1165

9 pm Hannity

2151

Morgan

637

Maddow

1102

DrDrew

498

10 pm Van Susteren

1718

Cooper

881

Schultz

1026

Behar

387

11 pm O’Reilly

1257

Cooper

780

O’Donnell

622

Showbiz

352

TOTAL DAY 1264 606 550 590
PRIME TIME 2186 711 1032 666
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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