HLN, CNN Post Record Junes

08/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HLN has been in the news much this past month, making headlines with morning anchor Robin Meade's skydive with President George H.W. Bush and with the announcement of "The Joy Behar Show," set to debut this fall.

The buzz was matched by ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research, as the network just posted the strongest Q2 and strongest June in its 27-year history, gaining 19% in total viewers from 2008 Q2's total. The network also gained 28% in the important adults 25-54 demographic.

Nancy Grace had a particularly strong quarter in the 8PM slot, increasing 70% in total viewers, and 81% in the 25-54 demographic, enough to beat out MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann in that age group.

Meanwhile, though big sister network CNN has fallen behind MSNBC in weekday primetime, it fared well this past month in absolute terms.

The network posted its strongest June ever, topping MSNBC in the 25-54 demographic (M-F, M-Su) and in total primetime (M-Su) viewers. "Campbell Brown," despite much buzzed-about ratings woes, increased 22% in total viewers from June 2008, while "Larry King Live" beat MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

The network's online arm, CNN Digital, performed strongly, helping the network triumph in Nielsen's Fusion Data, which tracks both television viewership and online readership.

CNN Digital was this quarter's #1 digital News and Information property, with 9% of online news, beating out MSNBC.com, Foxnews.com and NYTimes.com, among others.

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