02/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nancy Grace Ratings Success Signals The Return Of "Murder And Mayhem" Style Cable News

Those thinking that the most exciting race for the White House in modern history would lead to a higher level of discourse on cable news should think again. Less than two months after the election and only weeks away from the inauguration of Barack Obama, the number one news personality among the 25-54 demographic is...CNN Headline News ambulance chaser Nancy Grace.

Pounding away nightly on the Caylee Anthony murder case, where the two-year-old victim's mother, Casey Anthony, stands accused of taking her daughter's life, Grace has hit a ratings jackpot. Fox News's Bill O'Reilly may bring in more total viewers, but Grace is chipping away at his lead as of late and besting O'Reilly's nemesis, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, too.

Grace's ratings ascension is evidence that we're back to the good old bad days of cable news-a steady diet of murder and mayhem. Indeed, Grace's recent resurgence may be our post-election reality check. Instead of talking about where this country is headed and what the challenges are, we're being fed gruesome details about how a little girl's life ended, with Nancy Grace playing judge, jury, and executioner.

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