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HLN Slates Nightly Show on Jodi Arias Trial

The obsession with the Jodi Arias trial continues. This week, HLN will premiere “After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial,” a nightly show with a live studio audience. The program premieres Wednesday and will run Monday-Thursday for the duration of the trial.

The program launch comes on the heels of Turner Broadcasting’s TruTV scaling In Session coverage back to two hours a day, a move which has sparked criticism in the middle of the Arias trial. HLN anchor Vinnie Politan will anchor the show and In Session on TruTV correspondents Jean Casarez and Beth Karas will contribute.

Politan will be joined by HLN’s Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Ryan Smith and Drew Pinsky, who will weigh the accusations and evidence of the day. The 12-person audience will act as “jurors” and will render a verdict each night.

Jodi Arias Trial Coverage Paying Dividends For HLN, ‘Making It In America’

While there has been no shortage of newsworthy stories to cover in recent weeks, there is one that is singlehandedly boosting an entire TV network. HLN, which goes all-out to cover prominent court cases (particularly when the accused is an attractive female), has been dedicating most of its daily coverage to the Jodi Arias trial.

The coverage is paying off in the ratings, particularly in the afternoon and early evening.

While the primetime shows, led by Jane Velez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace, are doing very well covering the trial, the biggest surprise may be 4 PM’s “Making It In America,” which has been routinely topping its primetime counterparts in total viewers, and coming close to beating them in the demo. Vinnie Politan is the anchor of “making It.”

Over the last week, “Making It In America” has averaged 732,800 viewers, including 188,000 in the key adults 25-54 demo.  The show  topped CNN and MSNBC’s 4 PM shows in total viewers and the demo, and even topped FNC in the demo a couple of times in the last week.

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February 2013 Ratings: HLN Flat in Total Day, Mixed in Primetime

It was a mixed bag for HLN during the month of February. The network was flat in Total Day compared to the same month last year. In primetime, HLN declined among Total Viewers but improved among younger viewers.

The ratings for February, 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 389,000 Total Viewers / 140,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 281,000 Total Viewers / 106,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, HLN was down -1% in Total Viewers and flat in the A25-54 demographic in Total Day. (Note: percentages are based on a blend of Live +7 and Live +3 data.) In primetime, HLN was down -8% in Total Viewers and up +3% in the demo. It should be noted that HLN had strong ratings for coverage of Whitney Houston‘s death in February 2012.

HLN’s late afternoon hours showed significant year-over-year growth: “Making it in America” at 4pmET was up +111% in Total Viewers and +115% in the A25-54 demographic, while “Evening Express” was up +88% and +123% at 5pmET and +55% and +78% at 6pmET, respectively.

The network had ups and downs in primetime: Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s 7pmET program was up +12% in Total Viewers and +25% among younger viewers, while Nancy Grace‘s 8pmET program was down across the board, -16% in Total Viewers and -14% in the A25-54 demographic. The 9pmET hour, which is home to Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s show and ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” is down -7% in Total Viewers but up +15% in the demographic.

HLN was up the most of the four cable news networks compared to last month: the network grew +26% in Total Viewers and +15% in the demographic in Total Day, and +24% and +18%, respectively, in primetime.

The Ticker: Arias, Gasparino, Armstrong

  • HLN is going all-out to cover the Jodi Arias trial in Arizona. “Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell” and “Nancy Grace” will both be dedicating their programming this week to the case, with Grace in Maricopa County, Arizona all week long.

  • “60 Minutes” takes itself to task, and examines how the show helped prop up the myth of Lance Armstrong, before helping to dismantle it years later. ”We absolutely helped create the myth,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said. Watch after the jump.

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Conway Cliff Named VP of Program Development at TheBlaze

Former CNN and HLN executive producer Conway Cliff has been named vice president of program development at TheBlaze, Glenn Beck‘s network.

In his new role, Cliff will work with TheBlaze’s president and chief content officer, Joel Cheatwood, on new programming and business development. He was most recently a consultant for Wilkow, a recently launched show on TheBlaze hosted by conservative satellite radio personality Andrew Wilkow.

Before joining TheBlaze, Conway oversaw development of “The Joy Behar Show” and “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN. He has also worked as an executive producer at CNN and as a producer at CNBC.

2012 Ratings: HLN Declines in Total Day and Primetime

HLN was down significantly compared to 2011, when coverage of the Casey Anthony trial boosted the network’s ratings. In Total Day, HLN was down -27% in Total Viewers and -20% in the A25-54 demographic. In primetime, the network was down -32% in Total Viewers and -22% in the demo.

The ratings for 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 337,000 Total Viewers / 114,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 243,000 Total Viewers / 95,000 A25-54

Nancy Grace‘s 8pmET program was down -43% in Total Viewers and -35% in A25-54 viewers for the year. Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s 7pmET program was down -31% and -26% and Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s 9pmET program was down -46% and -38%, respectively.

HLN’s quarterly ratings also saw declines: In Total Day, the network was down -16% in Total Viewers and -3% in the demographic compared to the same quarter last year. In primetime, HLN was down -25% and -4%, respectively.

There was some good news for HLN in the month of December — despite year-over-year declines in Total Viewers, HLN was up +7% in Total Day and +2% in primetime in the A25-54 demographic.

Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett To Report Live In Primetime For CNN

CNN will be keeping its usual primetime lineup on tonight to cover Sandy, and will be live until the worst of the storm passes, whenever that may be. Anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will be reporting in the field tonight across primetime. CNN International will be simulcasting CNN/U.S. from 11AM-2PM and again starting at 4 PM.

The list of correspondents in the field for CNN is after the jump.

Update: HLN is blowing up its primetime lineup to provide hurricane coverage. Those details are also after the jump.
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The Scoreboard: Monday, October 8

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 341 | MSNBC: 208 | CNN: 106 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 520 | MSNBC: 381 | CNN: 100 | HLN: 80

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
339 416 422 665 508 385 364 369
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
268 293 318 344 433 360 236 249
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
107 111 115 110 63 127 99 128
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
41 34 59 106 74 60 78 47

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Q3 2012 Ratings: HLN Up in Total Viewers, But Down in the Demo

It was a mixed bag for HLN in the third quarter of 2012. The network posted double-digit gains in Total Viewers but experienced severe drops among younger viewers compared to the year-ago quarter.

The ratings for Q3, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 451,000 Total Viewers / 150,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 675,000 Total Viewers / 192,000 A25-54

Compared to Q3 2011, HLN is up +47% in Total Day and +53% in primetime in Total Viewers. The network is down -35% in Total Day and -42% in primetime in the demographic.

“HLN News” at 4pmET and “Evening Express” at 5pmET show a similar pattern. The 4pmET hour is up +47% and the 5pmET hour is up +74% in Total Viewers compared to the year-ago quarter.

HLN’s primetime programming is down across the board year-over-year, although it should be noted that the network’s coverage of the Casey Anthony trial in Q3 2011 gave HLN its best ratings ever. Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s program is down -59% in Total Viewers and -52% in A25-54 viewers, while Nancy Grace‘s program is down -59% and -51%, respectively.

For the month of September, HLN is down -13% in Total Viewers and flat in the demographic in Total Day. In primetime, the network is down -26% and -8%, respectively.

Kyra Phillips On Covering The Conventions And Her HLN Show: ‘News through the parent’s perspective’

Newly minted HLN anchor Kyra Phillips is nervous.

“I will be honest with you, I’m nervous,” she told me yesterday. “I’ve been at CNN for 14 years, and now I am coming over to HLN, and they have made me the point person for the conventions… I am unbelievably honored, and humbed and nervous!”

Phillips is no cable news rookie, but she says she still feels the pressure at her new home.

“I feel like I am back in college where I am studying every night. I don’t want to fail my bosses, I don’t want to fail my coworkers I don’t want to fail my viewers, I really want to do a great job, and I want to focus on what our viewers really want,” she says.

She is starting things off with a bang, as the point person for HLN’s RNC and DNC coverage. As we have noted, HLN is taking a decidedly different tack in covering the conventions, focusing on the people behind the politics.

“I am excited about the fact that we are going to be talking about the delegates, we are going to be talking about the voters, we are going to be talking about the personal stories of the people that are there, instead of the politicians, and the speeches, and what’s happening at the podium,” Phillips says.

She is also preparing for life after the conventions, when her daily program will really be able to find its voice. Just as Nancy Grace, Jane Velez Mitchell and Dr. Drew all have distinct takes on the news, Phillips says she has her take ready as well.

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