Chris Hansen joins “CrimeWatch Daily”

Chris Hansen. (NBC)
Chris Hansen. (NBC)

In order to boost ratings for this upcoming season, former Dateline host Chris Hansen is joining Warner Bros.’ syndicated strip CrimeWatch Daily in the same capacity for the series’ second season.

In addition, the show will now be known as CrimeWatch Daily with Chris Hansen.

And as you’ve guessed, Hansen is contributing segments to the show as Hansen vs. Predator – the type he was most known for – catching predators in the act.

During his time on NBC’s Dateline, Hansen hosted To Catch A Predator Segments, where he lured unsuspecting creeps into backyards as they were looking to have a good time – too much of a good time – with underage girls. The segments were effective, but also widely criticized by some who say the “gotcha” moments were too exploitative. Hasnen’s reports have also been parodied on South Park.

Already, the new stings caught eleven men in three-and-a-half days, according to Broadcasting and Cable.

With Hansen on board, previous host Matt Doran is staying on board, joining the cast of reporters in the field. Although the series remains based on Los Angeles, Hansen will now host from New York, in the streets of Manhattan.

In addition, the series is shifting their focus more on murder cases and ambushing bad guys. Executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey told B&C the ratings spike when they do stories about murders. They’ll need it – Crimewatch is up for renewal after this season.

During its freshman season, CrimeWatch’s ratings performance has been mixed: the series averaged a 0.9 household rating and a 0.5 rating in the key female 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen. Cleared primarily on Tribune stations, CrimeWatch has experienced ups and downs in a few markets including New York, where the show moved into an earlier afternoon time slot in midseason.

In Chicago, CrimeWatch airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on WGN-TV.


4 thoughts on “Chris Hansen joins “CrimeWatch Daily”

    • I love what Chris Hanson is doing to catch these predators . It is so disheartening to know the spectrum of men that are involved!

    • Love this show!

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