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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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February 2014 Ratings: HLN Falls Back to Fourth In Demo

As it begins to reinvent itself as the TV home for social media, HLN remained in fourth place among the news networks in total viewers in both daytime and primetime. The network also relinquished its claim to third place in total day A25-54 demo viewers, losing to sister network CNN by just 3,000 viewers.

The ratings for January 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 314,000 Total Viewers / 113,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 237,000 Total Viewers / 93,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, when HLN was gearing up for the Jodi Arias trial, the network is down -16% in total viewers and -12% in the A25-54 demo in total day. In primetime, HLN is down -19% in both total viewers and down -19% in the A25-54 demographic.

HLN’s highest-rated show was “Nancy Grace,” which averaged 410,000 total viewers and 135,000 A25-54 viewers for the month. “Dr. Drew on Call” and “Forensic Files” round out the top three: “On Call” averaged 303,000 viewers and 114,000 demo viewers, and Files had 297,000 and 113,000, respectively.

2013 Ratings: HLN Only Cable News Network to Grow From Last Year

Although HLN finished 2013 last among the cable news networks, the channel — fueled by the trials of Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman — was the only network to grow its audience compared to the previous year.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 395,000 Total Viewers / 139,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 296,000 Total Viewers / 112,000 A25-54

In total day, HLN was up +22% in total viewers and +18% in A25-54 viewers compared to 2012. In primetime, the network is up +18% and +24%, respectively.

HLN’s highest-rated program for the year was “Nancy Grace.” Grace’s program averaged 493,000 total viewers and 168,000 A25-54 viewers, up +18% and +25%, respectively, compared to 2012. Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s program was also up significantly — +49% in total viewers and +56% in the demo — compared to last year.

Q2 2013 Ratings: Trial Coverage Boosts HLN

HLN topped MSNBC in Total Day for the first time since 2005 in the second quarter of 2013. With its coverage of the Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman trials, the network has surged double digits across the board compared to the same quarter last year.

The ratings for Q2 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 518,000 Total Viewers / 178,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 390,000 Total Viewers / 141,000 A25-54

Compared to the second quarter of 2012, HLN was up +61% in Total Viewers and +48% in the A25-54 demographic in Total Day and +49% and +51%, respectively, in primetime. It should be noted that HLN struggled during the second quarter of 2012.

HLN’s daytime programming (9am-5pm) is up +165% in Total Viewers and +109% in A25-54 viewers compared to the year-ago quarter. In primetime, Nancy Grace‘s program is up +50% in Total Viewers and +46% in the demo, while Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s program is up +112% in both ratings measurements. The 10 p.m. hour, which has been home to “After Dark” this quarter, is up +70% and +76%, respectively.

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Newsers Cautioned By Court Ahead of George Zimmerman Trial

Insiders tell us several journalists were getting a little too close to the action outside the Seminole Country Courthouse in Sanford, FL late last week. A number of TV producers and reporters in the parking lot were cautioned by the court not to get too close to the jurors who will decide the case against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Opening statements get underway today. It is the highest-profile case, at least when judged by the news coverage, since the Jodi Arias trial earlier this year.

HLN, which will carry near gavel-to-gavel coverage of the case is bringing on extra anchor help in the form of former CNN and BET host T.J. Holmes. An HLN spokesperson tells TVNewser Holmes is doing freelance work for the network during the trial.

FNC Miami bureau producer Serafin Gomez tweeted an image of crews awaiting the arrival of Martin’s parents at court this morning:

After Strong Jodi Arias Ratings, HLN Looks Ahead to George Zimmerman Trial

With the Jodi Arias trial almost wrapped up, HLN will try to capitalize on its ratings success with programming devoted to the upcoming trial of George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. HLN plans to present continuous coverage of the trial proceedings, which begin June 10. “After Dark,” which is getting a permanent place in the primetime lineup, will also be devoted to the Zimmerman trial beginning in June. The network has also slated a preview special, “Zimmerman Police Tapes,” for Memorial Day.

In other programming changes: HLN will premiere “Secret Lives with Jane Velez-Mitchell,” a weekly program devoted to the scandals of public figures like Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods, in July. Velez-Mitchell will host a preview of the new show on May 30 at 7pmET.

The network will also devote the first week in June to “America Behind Bars,” featuring reports about people who are in jail. Nancy Grace will host a two-night special on June 5 and 6 devoted to the Estrella women’s jail in Phoenix, where Arias has been incarcerated.

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HLN Makes ‘HLN After Dark’ A Nightly Show, As Scot Safon Praises Team

HLN is coming off of a number of record-breaking months in terms of viewership, bolstered by coverage of the Jodi Arias trial, which culminated with last week’s guilty verdict. In a memo to staff this afternoon obtained by TVNewser, HLN executive VP Scot Safon  congratulated the team on their work, and previewed what HLN has coming down the pipeline.

Among the changes: “HLN After Dark” will become a full-time member of HLN’s nightly lineup, where it will focus “on stories (trials and otherwise) in the ‘court of public opinion,’” according to Safon’s note.  The channel is also gearing up for its next big trial, that of George Zimmerman, which begins June 10th, and the Daytime Emmy Awards on June 16th. There are also Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Jane Velez-Mitchell specials in the works.

Read Safon’s full note to HLN staff, below.
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‘No One Relishes a Moment Like This … Wait a Minute, Is That Nancy Grace?’

After a Phoenix jury handed down a guilty verdict in the Jodi Arias trial this week, Jon Stewart turned his attention to HLN’s “dark mistress,” Nancy Grace.

“It’s a sad story all around,” Stewart said. “No one relishes a moment like this. Nobody delights in the gruesome spectacle. Nobody slurps each lurid detail like it was a perverse joy, like they were an engorged tragedy tick. Nobody would do — wait a minute, is that Nancy Grace?” Watch:

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.”

As Jury Decides Jodi Arias’ Fate, HLN Continues to Rack up the Ratings

The jury in the Jodi Arias trial will begin its second full day of deliberations today. Meanwhile, the sensational Arizona murder case is continuing to draw big viewership for HLN, which has given the most courtroom and analysis coverage of the cable news networks.

Arias, who spent 19 days on the witness stand, has confessed to fatally shooting her boyfriend Travis Alexander in June, 2008, but she says she doesn’t remember much after that, including how Alexander ended up with 27 stab wounds.

All of this has made for compelling TV for trial junkies. As the case made its way to the jury late last week, HLN was the number one cable news network in both Total Day and Primetime among younger viewers Thursday and Friday. (HLN and FNC tied for the day Thursday each drawing an average of 254,000 viewers).

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