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View of a Hurricane, 5 Years OnByÂ BRIAN STELTER
The television ratings have been modest for many of the special programs pegged to the fifth anniversary ofÂ Hurricane KatrinaÂ andÂ the flooding of New Orleans. Â For instance,Â Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC at 9 p.m., andÂ Anderson Cooper, on CNN at 10 p.m., prepared dedicated hours from New Orleans on Thursday. For their efforts, both anchors received their lowest ratings of the week, 610,000 viewers in Ms. Maddowâ€™s case and 448,000 viewers in Mr. Cooperâ€™s.
Regardless, an impressive slate of documentaries and reports filled TV screens throughout the week, coaxing the public to remember the disaster.
Other cable channels, from the Weather Channel to the National Geographic Channel, did linger on the anniversary. BETâ€™s hourlong documentary about the rebuilding of the Ninth Ward, â€œHeart of the City,â€ drew 647,000 viewers on Aug. 22, Nielsen said.
Over two nights, Aug. 23 and 24,Â HBOÂ had the premiere ofÂ Spike Leeâ€™s â€œIf God Is Willing and Da Creek Donâ€™t Rise,â€ a four-hour follow-up to â€œWhen the Levees Broke.â€
The film averaged 477,000 viewers on the first night and 456,000 viewers on the second; that does not count the many repeats and on-demand viewings that HBO programs typically benefit from.
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Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later
Host: Jurnee Smollett
Producer/Director: Barnard Jaffier
Associate Producer: Cindy Malika Birch
Editor: Patrick Inhofer