This was posted by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio TV Talk blog
“Crime pays” is a hoary cliche. But it’s certainly true when it comes to television programming. It’s why “Law Order” lasted 20 seasons. It’s why Atlanta-based HLN still airs 20-year-old episodes of “Forensic Files.” It’s now what NBC’s “Dateline” and ABC’s “20/20” newsmagazines focus on week in, week out.
And it’s also why Investigation Discovery (known as ID) has become one of the most successful cable networks of recent vintage. In prime time this fall, ID has been the No. 1 basic cable network among women 25 to