Simpson chat gives CNN ratings boost

CNN’s special hour-long edition of its “Burden of Proof” show featuring the cable news network’s first full post-murder interview with O.J. Simpson tripled the program’s average rating for the second quarter of 1997.

The interview drew a 2.1 rating and was seen in nearly 1.5 million homes. That compares to “Burden of Proof’s” recent average of 0.7, or a 200% increase.

In addition, Monday’s installment of “Larry King Live” – centering on Simpson and including an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer – pulled in a 3.0 rating, the most-viewed edition of “King” in nearly a year. It was watched in about 2.2 million homes.

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