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Q2 Ratings: HLN Ties for #2 in Total Day Demo

hln logo_304x200For Q2 2014, HLN tied for second in the total day A25-54 demo, however a year after the Jodi Arias trial gave the net a ratings boost, it saw double-digit losses across the board.

The ratings for Q2, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 340K Total Viewers / 124K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 247K Total Viewers / 105K A25-54

Compared to Q2 2013, when the network was in wall-to-wall Jodi Arias trial coverage, HLN is down -37% in total viewers and -26% in A25-54 demo viewers for total day. In primetime, they are down -34% in total viewers and -30% in the demo.

Nancy Grace led the way for the HLN in total viewers, drawing 316,000 total viewers. “Forensic Files” was highest-rated in the demo for the network with 136,000 viewers.

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HLN Taking Over CNN’s Atlanta Studio

Jeff Zucker Named New Chief Executive At CNNAs Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin move from Atlanta to New York in August, CNN Atlanta’s Studio 7 will turn over to HLN.

CNN and HLN confirm the switch to TVNewser, which was first reported by FTLive, adding it hasn’t yet been decided which HLN shows will air in that studio. Costello and Baldwin’s production staffs will remain in their Atlanta workspace. Nancy Grace, “HLN Now,” and Morning and Weekend Express currently originate from Atlanta.

Studio 7 served as the location for much of CNN’s 2012 election coverage, including primary nights. The studio utilized a slew of technologies, including John King‘s beloved “Magic Wall.”

How long HLN live programs will remain in studio 7 is up in the air. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Time Warner was in talks to acquire almost half of Vice Media, and transform HLN into Vice.

Nancy Grace to Father of Missing Child: ‘Your Son Has Been Found in Your Basement’

GraceA rare breaking news situation last night when Nancy Grace informed a Detroit father his missing son had been found during their live interview.

“Charlie, we are getting reports that your son has been found…in your basement,” Grace told Charlie Bothuell, whose son had been missing for 11 days.

10 seconds later, a stunned father answered: “What? What? I checked my basement, the FBI checked my basement, the Detroit Police checked my basement, my wife checked my basement, I’ve been down there several times.” “How can your son be alive in your basement?” Grace responded.

Grace pressed him on why he reported his son missing, and whether he’s checked his cell phone. “My cell phone’s dead…I left it in the car charging,” he responded.

As Grace’s show confirmed reports, they gave Charlie a phone to call home. This morning, Grace phoned in to “Morning Express.” “That does not look like a guilty man to me.”

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These Companies See the Virtues of Vice

vice21st Century Fox already owns a piece of Vice, last week news trickled out that Time Warner was interested in a deal that could see Vice replace HLN, and now there’s word Disney is interested in the news and entertainment juggernaut.

The NYTimes talks with Vice CEO Shane Smith about his desire to take the brand, which consists of dozens of hours of programming for YouTube channels, several websites, and a weekly half-hour HBO show, to TV.

“It’s the next step in our evolution,” Smith says. “Our mobile and online stuff is going to grow exponentially, but we want a three-legged stool, and the third leg is TV.”

Vice has the strongest relationship with Fox, which last year bought a 5 percent stake in the company for $70 million. James Murdoch is on Vice’s board. But a Fox deal faces hurdles, too. The company does not have a logical single channel to give Vice, which is what Mr. Smith most wants. “You can’t be MTV without a TV network,” he said.

An agreement might instead call for Vice to program blocks of time on a few Fox networks. And, of course, Fox’s defining news brand, Fox News, is not popular among Vice’s core audience.

Vinnie Politan Leaving HLN

politan.vinnieVinnie Politan is leaving HLN to join the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, TVNewser has confirmed. News of Politan’s departure was first reported by Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“Vinnie has been a tremendous asset to HLN over the years.  We thank him and wish him only the best,” an HLN spokesperson told TVNewser.

Politan currently hosts “HLN Now: On the Case” weekdays from 2pm-5pmET. Before that, he was the anchor of several former HLN shows, including  “Prime News,” “After Dark” and “Making it in America.” Politan had also worked at HLN sister network truTV as the host of the “In Session” trial coverage, which ended last year. He joined Court TV (later rebranded as truTV) in 2001 and left in 2008, only to rejoin the network in 2009.

Politan’s last day at HLN will be July 3. TVSpy has more on his hire at WXIA.

Politan’s departure is the latest shakeup to HLN, which has seen lots of change over the past several months. Under Albie Hecht’s leadership, the network has rebranded itself as the television home for the social media generation, shuffling programming in primetime and daytime. Last week, it was reported that Time Warner is considering merging HLN with Vice.

Time Warner Eyes Merging HLN With Vice

hlnlogoTime Warner is in talks to acquire about half of Vice Media, according to Sky News. One of the scenarios on the table is for Time Warner to combine HLN with Vice:

One potential structure under discussion would see Time Warner injecting HLN, a news platform owned by its Cable operations, into Vice in return for roughly half the enlarged company.

A deal is expected to value Vice at roughly $2.2bn, about 50% more than last year’s sale of a stake in the mini-conglomerate. Sources said on Monday that talks between Time Warner and Vice were at an advanced stage but that some final details had yet to be agreed. A deal could still fall apart, however, or assume a radically different structure, they added.

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin spells out the effects of a potential deal: Read more

May 2014 Ratings: HLN Ties for #2 in Total Day Demo

hln logo_304x200A year after the final stages of the Jodi Arias trial lifted HLN to second place in total day, the network was down double digits across the board. They did, however, climb up to tie for #2 in the total day A25-54 demo with MSNBC. They remained in fourth place in all other measurements.

The ratings for April 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 316,000 total viewers / 115,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 240,000 total viewers / 103,000 A25-54

Compared to May 2013, when the network was in wall-to-wall Arias trial coverage, HLN is down -51% in total viewers and -41% in A25-54 demo viewers for total day. In primetime, they are down -49% in total viewers and -45% in the demo.

Forensic Filesled the way for HLN, drawing 323,000 total viewers and 142,000 demo viewers.

HLN Adds Two Correspondents, Announces Official Roles for Lynn Berry, Brian McFayden

lynn berrySome personnel announcements from HLN today: the network has officially named Lynn Berry the host of “HLN Weekend Express” and Brian McFayden sports correspondent for “Morning Express With Robin Meade,” as well as hiring Ali Nejad and Yasmin Vossoughian as correspondents.

“The addition of Lynn and Brian to Weekend Express and Morning Express, respectively, further amps up the energy and infectiousness of two of HLN’s signature shows,” HLN general manager Albie Hecht said in a statement. “And we welcome Ali and Yasmin to the fold whose style, wit and smarts will resonate with people watching and engaging across all platforms.”

Berry has been filling in on “Weekend Express” since December. McFayden has been the sports correspondent on “Morning Express” since he joined HLN earlier this year.

As for the new correspondents: Nejad will be HLN’s Los Angeles-based correspondent covering general news and entertainment. He comes from ESPN, where he hosts a weekly “SportsCenter” segment featuring interviews with celebrities and athletes. Vossoughian, who will cover entertainment and breaking news, comes from AOL, where she is a correspondent and host.

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April 2014 Ratings: A Year After Jodi Arias Trial, HLN Down Double Digits

hln logo_304x200A year after the final weeks of the Jodi Arias trial gave HLN a ratings boost, the network saw double-digit losses across the board in April 2014.

The ratings for April 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 333,000  total viewers / 127,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 234,000 total viewers / 96,000 A25-54

Compared to April 2013, when the network was in wall-to-wall Arias trial coverage, HLN is down -40% in total viewers and -32% in A25-54 demo viewers for total day. In primetime, they are down -36% in total viewers and -28% in the demo.

Forensic Filesled the way for HLN, drawing 328,000 total viewers and 146,000 demo viewers.

Last HLN Original Set for Retirement

KofskyHLNEve Kofsky, the last remaining original HLN employee still with the network, is hanging up her headset. Kofsky started at CNN in February of 1981 as a video journalist and moved to CNN2 as an audio operator when rehearsals started in November of that year.

Promoted to director in 1984, she has directed nearly 18,000 hours of television programming at CNN2/Headline News/HLN. Kofsky and long-time CNN director Roger Strauss make up the “first couple” of CNN, the first to meet at the network and married in 1983.

Kofsky will direct her last shows on May 2.

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