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Jodi Arias Verdict Delivers Big Ratings on Cable, But Not Casey Anthony-Sized

The verdict in the Jodi Arias trial delivered enormous ratings for all of cable news yesterday afternoon, with almost seven million people watching live on Fox News, HLN, CNN and MSNBC.

Fox News led the way in total viewers, drawing 2.79 million viewers at 4pmET, and 2.94 million people at 5pm. HLN was second with 2.20 million viewers at 4pm and 1.58 million at 5pm. CNN drew 1.52 and 1.38 million viewers in those hours, and MSNBC averaged 395,000 and 703,000 viewers.

In the key adults 25-54 demo at 4pm, HLN was number one with 646,000 viewers, followed by CNN with 522,000 viewers and Fox News with 457,000 viewers. MSNBC drew 106,000 adults 25-54 at 4pm. The verdict was read at 4:49pmET.

HLN’s ratings were surprisingly low, given that the verdict was the culmination of a long trial, often propelling the channel above its cable news competitors during some hours and days. HLN also became part of the story, when correspondent Jean Casarez testified about something she saw outside the courthouse.

For comparison, the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial in July 2011 was watched by 4.575 million people on HLN alone in the hour it happened, peaking at 5.205 million viewers.

Earlier in the day a pair of stories dominated the news, with updates on the Cleveland kidnapping, and the hearing into what happened in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Verdict Reached In Jodi Arias Trial

The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Jodi Arias, and it will be read at 4:30pmET  today.

For HLN, it will be the biggest story since the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial in July 2011. That day delivered the highest ratings in HLN’s history.

Arias has already propelled HLN to strong ratings over the last few months, often topping both sister network CNN and MSNBC, and even occasionally Fox News in some hours. HLN also became a part of the trial, with correspondent Jean Casarez taking the stand to be quizzed about a scene she saw outside the courthouse. Then there is the Twitter account in Jodi Arias’ name, managed by her friend. The account criticized HLN and Nancy Grace for its coverage.

Expect live coverage on the cable news channels, particularly HLN (control room shot from just before the verdict, below) and CNN, which have covered the trial extensively in primetime on both channels. Fox News and MSNBC will also cover the verdict live.

Update: At 4:32, Nancy Grace says that there is “a fly in the ointment,” as things are running two minutes late.

“Justice is a couple of minutes late, six minutes to be exact”– Grace at 4:36.

THE VERDICT: At 4:49pmET, Arias is found guilty of first degree murder.

“There is a verdict, guilty on murder one,” Grace says, tearing up on camera. “What a dichotomy, I can hear in my ear the quietness in the courtroom as the verdict is read and I can hear the cheers of the crowd behind me as the verdict is read.”

HLN Correspondent Jean Casarez Takes The Stand In Jodi Arias Trial

HLN has been dedicating its coverage for weeks to the Jodi Arias trial. Thursday afternoon however, the channel became part of the trial itself. HLN and In Session correspondent Jean Casarez was called to the stand in the murder case, where she was questioned about her reporting.

“I’m sure you’re as floored as I am that my friend, Jean Casarez is on the stand,” HLN’s Mike Galanos said, adding that he “couldn’t wait” to talk to Casarez about being called up to testify.

At issue was a live report where she was talking about the prosecutor in the case. As HLN reported, the prosecutor, Juan Martinez, has become something of a local celebrity, signing autographs and taking photos with passersby. Casarez said that if a juror were to see Martinez doing this, it could affect their view of him. She was called to the stand to clarify whether she specifically saw a juror at the scene in question, or whether she was referring generally. She said that she did not specifically see a juror.

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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.

truTV Sees Ratings Spike During Sandusky Trial

The just-concluded trial of Jerry Sandusky led to a ratings spike for truTV, particularly among younger viewers. InSession, the network’s 9am-3pmET programming, averaged 84,000 A25-54 viewers from June 11-22, an increase of +95% over the previous four weeks.

Several individual hours of programming saw triple-digit increases in the demographic: the 1oamET hour was up +108% compared to the previous four weeks, while the 11amET and 2pmET hour were up +107% and +123%, respectively.

Trial coverage was anchored by Vinnie Politan, Christi Paul and Ryan Smith. Additionally, correspondents Jean Casarez and Beth Karas offered joint coverage from the courthouse in Bellafonte, PA — the pair traded off so one was always on air, the other was always in court. They were aided by two Atlanta-based production teams. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse Friday.

HLN to debut new Vinnie Politan show at 5pm

The 5pm airing of “Showbiz Tonight” on HLN is going away next week, to be replaced by “HLN Special Report” hosted by Vinnie Politan. Politan, who seems to have 9 lives at the network, already anchors the 6pm edition of “Prime News.”

In the early going, “HLN Special Report” will serve as a daily wrap for two high-profile trials: Casey Anthony in Florida, which will be covered by HLN’s sister network TruTV’s In Session as well as HLN host Nancy Grace and the trial of Michael Jackson‘s doctor, Conrad Murray, which will be covered by HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell. In Session correspondents Jean Casarez and Beth Karas will also contribute.

As we reported earlier this month, “Showbiz Tonight” co-host Brooke Anderson is leaving the broadcast and has been named co-anchor of the syndicated “The Insider.” In fact, this week, she’s in London and has appeared on both shows.

 

HLN’s Nancy Grace Reveals That She Underwent Emergency Medical Procedure

HLN 8 PM host Nancy Grace revealed yesterday that she underwent an emergency medical procedure last Tuesday to remove a mass that dioctors feared may have been malignant. Thankfully, after the growth was removed, it proved to be benign.

“Please ladies go to your doctors, I was the lucky one,” Grace said.

Grace called into her program last night to explain her absence, with Jean Casarez guest-hosting. Video of the appearance is available here.

Grace says she expects to be back at work next week.

TruTV’s Jean Casarez on How She Got an Inside Look at Joran van der Sloot’s Jail Cell

Jean Casarez, truTV “In Session” correspondent, got a look inside the Peruvian jail cell that alleged murderer Joran van der Sloot will remain in during his trial. TVNewser spoke to Casarez about the report from Peru between live hits for CNN and HLN today.

She attributes the prison’s invitation to “old fashioned journalism and talking to sources” explaining that they had put in the request for a tour soon after arriving in the region. “One reason they wanted us to come in is that they focus on rehabilitation,” she told us. “They felt Castro Castro had been sensationalized by the world people and wanted everyone to know that its not what people think it is.”

The prison has become the latest hot topic for newsers on the van der Sloot beat. ABC News’ John Quinones also went inside Castro Castro for “Good Morning America.” (Video after the jump)

“It was extremely high security for us to get in: electronic fingerprints, pictures, passports, a full body scanner.” Casarez told us. She said she was given considerable access by the prison and toured van der Sloot’s cell while guards moved him to another building.

Casarez has been in Peru for two weeks, arriving shortly after van der Sloot arrived in Lima. “It’s really an amazing opportunity to be down here,” she told us. “People have been very forthcoming with information that we’ve been able to impart to the world.”

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