Nancy Grace To Save CNN

March 23rd, 2005 // 25 Comments

nancygraceI honestly don’t know one person who can stand this woman. Who the hell is watching her. Her ratings are 56% better than whatever was being shown in her timeslot compared to a year ago. She’s even beating Countdown with Keith Olbermann (which I love, by the way).

In its first month, “Nancy Grace” has helped carry the new Headline Prime block on CNN Headline News into uncharted ratings territory.

The show, named after the Court TV host and popular fill-in for “Larry King Live,” has been delivering audiences to the channel. The Headline Prime block ratings are up 56% in total viewers compared with a year ago, due in part to the success of “Nancy Grace.”

The show has averaged 472,000 viewers during its 8 p.m. ET telecast in its first month, compared with the 209,000 viewers Headline News was getting a year ago in the slot. In the news demographic of adults 25-54, “Nancy Grace” averages 164,000 viewers versus 82,000 a year ago.

“Nancy Grace” has overtaken MSNBC’s “Countdown” (308,000 viewers, 112,000 in the demographic) but is in third place behind Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (2.3 million viewers, 544,000 in the demo) and CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now” (673,000 and 234,000).

To be sure, “Nancy Grace” has been helped by a bevy of high-profile legal news that has broken in the past month, particularly the sentencing of Scott Peterson, the trial of Michael Jackson and the acquittal of Robert Blake, all in California. “Grace” and the other two hourlong programs in Headline Prime also have benefited from an extensive off-channel marketing promotion.

New ‘Grace’ in Ratings Spotlight for CNN [Reuters]

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. Dane

    You just met your first Nancy Grace supporter then. I think she is brilliant. This woman convicted over 100 felony murder cases as an ADA in Fulton County (never losing a case, only one was overturned.) She graduated law school in 3 years when she was practically a child. She’s magnetic and a powerhouse. I want this woman on my side. She KICKS ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Christina

    I think viewers respond to her sharp opinions and intensity, particularly since she takes aim at loathesome subjects who are the subject of public scorn. She is a breath of fresh air compared to her lawyer/talking head counterparts who are articulate but bland and avoid bold stands. She can be overbearing and oversimplify, but she strikes a chord with many who are pissed off at the unspeakable horror of violent crime and a justice system that moves at glacial speed.

  3. Great post, and great blog by the way. The reason why I can’t stand her is because during the Kobe Bryant mess she appointed herself the “voice of the victim”. Which is ok, but what if Kobe was innocent?? I just thought that was a foolish thing to say.

  4. r

    you’re crazy! at least nancy grace tells it like it is. she’s the ONLY one on tv who’s not afraid to give an opinion.

  5. DJ

    i love Nancy Grace. She emasculates me everytime I turn on the TV. Whether she’s on court TV or CNN Headline Addition and now her own CNN show, she snarls the truth at you like the wimpering bitch you are Ms. Jackson and she tells us that it just ain’t right to be sleeping in a bed with a 12 year old boy if you is over 40. IT AIN’T RIGHT. AND MISS GRACE GOT AN OPINION!! And she ain’t hawking none of that cheap crazy ass vinyl sandals from Payless like Me and Ms. Jones-Reynolds and Big Gay Al in the background all waving at every one all over the red carpet like he is somebody. Excuse me.

    Miss Grace you put the Grace back in the box! The Tube with you on it Rocks sistah sledge-hammer! You gives it up right in the faces that needs to be given. And she don’t care if you get all in her face and call her a racist ranting white cracker bitch, because she is fair and honest and decent and if you is black and you raped, pillaged or stole, MISS GRACE IS STILL GONNA CALL YOU OUT FOR NOT BEING RIGHT.

    THANKS MISS GRACE. END OF RANT.

  6. promqueen89

    I cannot stand this woman. She is the most biased attorney I have ever seen on t.v. A lot of people may like her because she is so one-sided? She is a little too dramatic and cheesy for me.

  7. Valorie

    I live in California and discoverd Nancy Grace during the Scott Peterson Trial. I found myself rushing home from work to catch her show on Court TV and hear her view of the trial. I was hooked on Court TV from that point on. Nancy immediately won me over. I looked so forward to watching her. She is so fisty, so up front. She holds very little back and when she does you can see it goes against her grain. She is not arguementive – she is more of a debator and if her guests can convince her logically of their point of view she is gracious enough to humble herself in agreement. If not she holds her own grown. She is loyal to victims and their families. She should be respected for inner strength, her humor and wit and her deep compassion and commitment to her profession.

    Nancy – you are great in my book. You must of had great parents for the apple does not fall to far from the tree. They must be very proud of you. I will continue to follow any network or show you are on for it is you I am tuning in to see not the network. Keep up the good work for you are truly a breath of fresh air and I do not admire to many people. You are desrving of it.

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  8. Rachel

    I love Nancy Grace. In the same way I love Judge Judy.

  9. ger

    Well I love Nancy Grace the same way I love anal warts.

  10. ann

    I got my first dose of Nancy Grace last Friday right after the Schindlers went to court to ask to have Terri Schiavo’s life prolonged because they interpreted her saying “Ahhhhhhh Wahhhhhh” to mean “I want to live.” Grace was horrific (“You mean she can’t even have water?”) as she interviewed Michael Schiavo’s brother and one of the spiritual friars hanging around outside the hospice. The Schiavo’s brother said that Terri was resting comfortably and the friar said that wasn’t true and Grace kept saying “Okay, well, somebody’s lying here.”

    She is a disgrace to journalism. I think people watch her like they watch a train wreck.

  11. Brian

    “Nancy Grace” airing 3/30.

    Nancy Grace just accused Douglas Smith of pedophilia and focused a quarter of her show on this presumption based on his possession of child pornography.

    That’s analogous to persons with firearms all being murders.

    I don’t support child pornography any more than I support murder. But I do support responsible journalism!

    Regardless of intent, she never focused on his actual crime, only the projective fantasy of what she wanted his crime to be.

    I guess CNN turned into Fox News right before my eyes!

    I’m very disappointed with CNN for this.

  12. Linda

    on the subject of terry shiavo remember miss grace that it takes more love to give them up than it does to cling to them

  13. maryanne

    I find Nancy Grace to be both abrasive and obnoxious. Her primetime show re: Terri Shiavao’s and Pope John Paul II’s end of life battles were far too probing and appeared without compassion . I think she should become more familiar with her subject matter before she “sits in judgement” of others. Perhaps her personal tragedy has hardened her – she could take a few lessons from Paula Zahn. No doubt she was good as a prosecutor with her cross examination skills- but her show is not a courtroom scene.

  14. bob

    I hate this woman, but occasionally watch her for a good laugh. She’s like a skit on Saturday Night Live, and looks like a cross between a drag queen and Anita Bryant.

    It’s no wonder she won over 100 cases as an ADA. She obviously never lets anyone get a word in edgewise to counter her narrow-minded slant on things. The “real” journalists on CNN almost seem embarrassed to have to talk to her. It makes for great entertainment, but fails miserably as journalism.

    If CNN was aiming for a comedy show, they have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations – she’s Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn and every other sketch comedienne all rolled into one!

    Thanks, CNN (and Ms. Grace) for providing a much-needed laugh in an otherwise depressing world!

  15. j. yee

    Love to watch nancy on court tv, but wonder what happen to her on that channel and just found out today. She is good looking, intelligent,knows what she is talking about and a damn good reporter. Watching all her shows on Scott Peterson.

  16. Jack Johansen

    Nancy Disgrace is a bitch. Sorry, but I’m just “telling it like it is,” like you “fans’” say she does. The only difference is that I am a heck of a lot more open-minded than she is. She was demoralized by the murder of her finance. The very definition of the word “accused” seems to be “guilty” to her. Sorry, but if every single person whose had so much as a finger pointed at them was in fact guilty, our prisons and jails would simply burst at the seams. That is why we grant defendants FAIR TRIALS.

    I have a very close uncle who was once arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. He had an alibi though: he was asleep. My father and several other uncles of mine were ready to testify to that effect, but the D.A. did not want to put these young men on the stand. Luckily, my uncle was completely exonerated; it was simply a case of mistaken identity. That is why I take Miss Disgrace’s behavior so personally; if she had been the D.A., she would probably have thrown my uncle in jail and never let him out.

    To you “fans” of this disgrace of a human being, put yourselves in the shoes of an accused person for one moment. Imagine that you were accused of a heinous crime, yet you were indeed innocent. How highly would you think of Miss Disgrace when she started proclaiming your guilt all over national television when you yourself know that you committed no crime? Hmmm??

    Bottom line: she is a disgrace to humanity. She is out to help nobody but HERSELF. Empathizing with victims is fine and dandy, but throwing everybody in jail will not bring murder victims back from the dead, nor will it un-rape rape victims, and it certainly will not undo other such crimes as robbery or fraud. Her fiance is DEAD. The perpetrator was brought to justice TWENTY-FIVE years ago. What more does she want?

  17. Roxie

    I think Nancy Grace speaks the truth when nobody else will!! I agree, I think she the best host on court tv. Actually, I think she the most interesting person on Court TV. She puts her heart and soul out there. I rarely watch tv but this program I watch every week.

  18. medea

    she is a new star! I love her sooo much!

    Would you rather hear her opinion or STAR JONES?

  19. Les M.

    Apart from the publics facination with the subject matter and legal show business it is unbelievable that people are mesmerized by anyone as evil, vicious and cruel. I seldom trust someone who refers to people as “friend,” as she so often does, when they have the capacity to verbally abusive in the next conversion. Fortunately CNN has Paula Zahn who is elegant and gracious to bring some balance to the ugliness of this nasty person.

  20. Jane from Hope County

    Nancy Grace is fulla shit and a racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -Jane McNeally from Hope County

  21. Junis

    I think Nancy Grace is an okay host. I think at times, she is impressive with her legal knowledge, but what turns me off is her sarcasm and attitude toward defendants. I wish that Nancy was more objective in her coverage and would give better analysis than just “He’s guilty!” I think that most of the time, hosts such as O’Reilly and Dan Abrams, side with the victim. So Nancy Grace is nothing new. However, I like the fact that Dan Abrams is able to objectively critique the evidence and facts surrounding a case, something that Nancy lacks. She says that an individual is automatically guilty and then works herself toward that conclusion in spite of evidence to the contrary. She is always extremely doubtful of evidence that supports the defendant. I think that hurts her credibility when she makes a prediction of “He’s guilty!” and the defendant gets off à la Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant. I say she venting her frustration of being a victim on all defendants and that is simply unfair to innocent defendants vindicated in the court of law, only to be found guilty in the court of public opinion.

  22. Ollie

    I think Nancy Grace is horrifying as a reporter. She really needs to calm down or get off the air. I have never seen anyone so unprofessional. (Good grief, she’s practically bawling!) The only thing she motivates me to do is to change the station.

  23. lisa cerra

    Miss Nancy Grace,

    IN THIS WORLD FULL OF OPINIONS,NANCY IS A RARE INSITE INTO THE TRUTH.HER PASSION FOR LIFE,AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW IS A PERFECT COMBINATION FOR LEARNING WITH STYLE.SHE IS A PLEASURE TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO,I LOVE THE FACT THAT SHE “GETS IT”,AND ISN’T AFRAID TO SAY IT. NANCY GRACE HAS NOT FALLEN FROM GRACE….IT FOLLOWS HER WHERE EVER SHE GOES..SHE DELIVERS WITH THAT “BEST FRIEND” ATTITUDE AND SMILE…THANKS “FRIEND”….

  24. DR BILL

    1 GRACE PLEA BARGAINED 90% OF HER CASES SO STOP W/ THE “SHE WAS A GREAT ASST DA” GARBAGE.

    2 WHY DID LARRY KING CUT HER OFF OF HIS SHOW?

    3 WHY ARE APPELLATE COURTS ISSUING REPRIMANDS TO GRACE RE HER COURTROOM BEHAVIOR?

    4 WHY IS CNN MANDATING SHE SUBMIT TO THERAPY?

    5 WHAT ABOUT THE MEDICATING SUBSTANCES SHE IS LOADED UP ON EVERY NIGHT?

    6 IF SHE’S SO GREAT THEN WHY WAS SHE BOOTED OUT ON HER ASS FROM THE GA DA’S OFFICE?

    NOW YOU GET THE IDEA AS TO WHY GRACE MUST HAVE COMPETANT GUESTS TO CARRY HER SHOW WHILE SHE SMIRKS AND ACTS OUT LIKE A PUNK WHEN SHE IS CONFRONTED.

    ENOUGH SAID.

  25. DR BILL

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MY 1ST POST?

    GRACE IS WHACKED OUT ON PSYCH MEDS AND PLEA BARGAINED 90% OF HER CASES. SHE WAS BOOTED OUT ON HER ASS FROM THE DA’S OFFICE. GOOD ONE TO ROOT FOR, NOT.

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