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Jacko fuels ‘Record’ surge to No. 2 spot

'Greta' grabs second place as aud grows to 1.81 mil

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” became the second-ranked cable news show in June, with ratings fueled by the Michael Jackson trial and the missing teen in Aruba.

Van Susteren’s audience grew 45% to 1.81 million viewers in June, lifting the show into the second spot behind Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (2.25 million) and ahead of “Hannity & Colmes” (1.79 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.

Last week, Van Susteren beat O’Reilly for three straight nights as she reported from Aruba on the case of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. For the quarter, Van Susteren’s audience grew 34%.

The steamy jurisprudence beat also helped Headline News’ Nancy Grace, whose numbers have helped make CNN’s sister net the fastest-growing cable news network.

Grace drew an average of 648,000 viewers in June, up from 191,000 a year ago. For the quarter, Grace averaged 530,000 viewers, a 183% increase from 187,000 in the second quarter last year.

Grace anchored HLN’s revamped primetime lineup, which has three fast-growing shows: “Nancy Grace,” “Prime News Tonight” (up 36%) and “Showbiz Tonight” (up 54%).

Headline News averaged 223,000 total viewers during the quarter, up 19% from last year, compared with MSNBC’s 210,000. In primetime, HLN widened its lead over MSNBC, with 368,000 average total viewers compared with 311,000.

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