Ratings: HLN Sees Huge Bump During Conrad Murray Conviction

By Alex Weprin Comment

When Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of killing pop star Michael Jackson yesterday afternoon, all of the cable news channels saw a ratings boost.

During the 4 PM hour, which was when the verdict was read, Fox News had the most viewers with 1.753 million viewers, barely topping HLN which drew 1.736 million viewers. In the key adults 25-54 demo however, HLN was far and away the leader, drawing 630,000 people. CNN also drew over one million demo viewers, and placed second behind HLN in the demo.

The numbers from 4pm-5pmET Monday:

  • Fox News: 1.753M total viewers / 367,000 demo viewers
  • HLN: 1.736M total viewers / 630,000 demo viewers
  • CNN: 1.364M total viewers / 411,000 demo viewers
  • MSNBC: 633,000 total viewers / 134,000 demo viewers