Headline News ratings soar with Simpson coverage

February 06, 1997|By David Zurawik

CNN Headline News reported its largest audience ever Monday night from 10 p.m. to 10: 15 p.m. when it carried the verdict of the O. J. Simpson civil trial live. The cable channel's coverage was viewed in 1.5 million homes, according to Nielsen ratings supplied by CNN.

CNN's coverage of the State of Union address was seen in 1.6 million homes, which was the third-largest CNN audience for a State of Union of address. The most watched came in 1991 during the Gulf War when 4.2 million homes watched on CNN.

Ratings for the broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox -- will not be available until today, according to the networks. Cut-ins from affiliates and other variations in continuous coverage make measurement more difficult and are responsible for the delay, a Nielsen spokesman said.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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