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Eliot Spitzer is out at CNN

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After less than a year, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is out at CNN.

Spitzer, a Democrat who left his gubernatorial office in disgrace in 2008 after his involvement in a prostitution ring, launched his 8 p.m. talk show on CNN last October opposite conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. CNN wanted to dip its toes into more opinionated waters but also provide some semblance of balance. It didnt’ work. Parker left in February after reports that the pair did not click. Viewership wasn’t particularly good either.

CNN’s ratings have been up in recent months, and there was no advance rumors that Spitzer would be cut. Anderson Cooper, whose show had been airing at 10 p.m., will take over the 8 p.m. slot (with a repeat at 10 p.m.). Erin Burnett, who recently came over to CNN from CNBC, will host a news program at 7 p.m. starting in September while John King’s program will be pushed back an hour to 6.

Piers Morgan, who debuted his show in January to replace Larry King, will remain at 9 p.m.

Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room gets cut an hour to 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“The new line-up showcases anchors who are experienced reporters in covering stories that span the globe,” said Ken Jautz, executive vice president, CNN/U.S. in a press release.

Spitzer released a statement about his departure:

“We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging,” Spitzer said. “I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”

Spitzer’s show averaged 594,000 viewers the first six months of the year, according to Nielsen statistics, compared to 3 million for Bill O’Reilly on Fox News and 984,000 for MSNBC, which was first Keith Olbermann, then Lawrence O’Donnell. That’s actually up over 2010. But he was eclipsed in June by HLN’s Nancy Grace, who was riding high on Casey Anthony trial coverage.

Bob Furnad, a former executive vice president at CNN and president at CNN Headline News (now HLN), said Spitzer’s departure did not surprise him. “Larry King’s show was driven by whoever the guests were. Spitzer has had some first-rate guests and hasn’t been able to get the numbers,” Fernad said. “People didn’t cotton to him.”

Paul Levinson, a media professor at Fordham University in New York, couldn’t believe CNN thought Spitzer would make a quality TV host.

“He was a rather plodding, intense governor,” he said. “I never saw him as a good fit for TV. His show was lackluster. He was articulate enough but even his positions lacked the command of Bill O’Reilly on Fox or Keith Olbermann on Current TV or even Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.”

On the other hand, placing Cooper at 8 p.m. makes sense, Levinson said. “He’s CNN’s most attractive news anchor in terms of having a devoted audience. It’s a wise move to place your strongest person at 8 p.m.” He isn’t a fan of repeating shows before midnight, though.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

67 comments Add your comment

RightOffLine

July 6th, 2011
3:20 pm

They should have teamed him up with Anthony Weiner and call the new show “Caught with your Pants Down.” The focus would be people from all walks of life who got caught…Just a thought…

Boo

July 6th, 2011
3:51 pm

Aw……is there a Hallmark card for this? Good riddance.

DamntheButcher

July 6th, 2011
3:54 pm

What has this idiot ever done other than get caught up in a Hooker scandel?

S.J.

July 6th, 2011
3:57 pm

Too Bad . He was a good guy. I HATE Republicans!!! with a passion. They are nothing but thieves and liars.

Goober

July 6th, 2011
3:59 pm

Proof again that nobody listens to liberal crap on TV, radio, or otherwise.

Michael

July 6th, 2011
4:07 pm

What has Spitzer ever done? You are the idiot.

magie krebs

July 6th, 2011
4:08 pm

I am sorry to hear that Eliot Spitzer show is cancelled.
I watched it every evening and always find it informative and interesting.
Really cant understand why so many people watch O’Reilley with his
condescending attitude and smirky smile ….
Anyway I like Anderson Cooper , so I’ll watch him too . Anderson is a
sensitive guy who tackles controversial issues with common sense
and fairness. MMK

Jim Tavegia

July 6th, 2011
4:13 pm

I’ll bet his wife thought he was a “good guy”. And, wait, that other guy from NY always told the truth “as he saw it”. To paint every Republican as a thief and a liar with all that has gone on in the Democratic party is an really interesting position. Don’t let reality disuade your opinions, unless the truth really matters.

John Q. Public

July 6th, 2011
4:15 pm

Your right her should have teamed up with Weiner. They could have called it Spitsher and Weiner!

granny godzilla

July 6th, 2011
4:17 pm

S.J. sez

“Too Bad . He was a good guy. I HATE Republicans!!! with a passion. They are nothing but thieves and liars.”

I guess that makes Democrats immoral horn dogs that cannot keep their pants zipped and liars!

They give this cheating, sleazy, prostitute using ex Dem. Gov. of NY a prime time show. How low will CNN sink?

FinanceBuzz

July 6th, 2011
4:18 pm

My thoughts exactly. Just more evidence that liberal talk does not work. Probably because most liberals are not thoughtful enough to watch a show that requires some modicrum of intelligence to follow. They will just stick to Colbert and Jon Stewart where they don’t have to actually think about issues. Course, when they start to think….that’s when the light bulb goes on and they tune to Fox!

Lou

July 6th, 2011
4:36 pm

Good riddance. I never understood how CNN could give “Client No 9″ a show in prime time–or any time. What were they thinking?

Forget the Pickle

July 6th, 2011
4:40 pm

Goober FinanceBuzz and the rest of the Fox crowd,

The reason ” nobody listens to liberal crap on TV, radio, or otherwise” is that liberals don’t need anyone to spoonfeed them their talking points for the day. Liberals, who generally tend to be more educated and intelligent than the “everybody that disagrees with me is a damn librul” crowd, much prefer to read, research and come to their own opinions rather than having Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, Boortz et al tell them what to think.

mum

July 6th, 2011
4:41 pm

I also watched him every night because I actually like to hear discussions that cause me research what I’ve heard. It’s a shame that intelligent discussion no longer works on TV. If you don’t insult or screaming at the other side you’re a failure. Just goes to show that it’s all about keeping the faithful drinking your coolaid. Walter Cronkite wasn’t exactly exciting either…but that was when people wanted to learn about what was going on in the world.

weiner

July 6th, 2011
4:44 pm

Let’s face it HLN is trash and CNN is quickly approaching it. Fox, MSNBC, CNBC, who cares. Around he clock news is past its prime. Terrorism is one tired subject and politics bore me. I’ve gone back to sitcoms like Big Bang and much happier not listening to all that self promoting news crap.

upscale guy

July 6th, 2011
4:54 pm

@damethebutler….he went after wall street and a lot of the illegal activity they were doing…after he got got is when the bail outs occured….

gunga din

July 6th, 2011
4:57 pm

HLN has become tabloid tv at its’ worst. Nancy Grace is a disgrace to journalism. now that the casey anthony trial is over she’ll have to find some other dead baby story to hype. what’s with her hair???

steve

July 6th, 2011
4:59 pm

Now get rid of Piers Morgan and all will be right!!!!

FinanceBuzz

July 6th, 2011
5:02 pm

Pickle, what a joke. I have talked to many libs on Twitter and all the vast majority of them do is spout MSNBC/Ed Shultz/et al, talking points. When you press them to explain the economics underlying a situation or to state whether they agree with a certain point or what their thoughts might be, you know what you usually hear? If not another talking point, then crickets. Reading (HuffPo, Media Matters for Democrats, etc.), researching (checking in to see what Olbermann or Schultz is telling you) and then parroting that tripe on the Internet or to your friends without being able to understand the underlying mechanics of the issues or topic is the absolute definition of being spoonfed talking points.

FinanceBuzz

July 6th, 2011
5:04 pm

Pickle one example. This latest lib talking point on “Shared Sacrifice.” Either liberals are completely clueless that the rich that they so desperately want to raise taxes on already a disproportionate share of income taxes or, if they are aware, they are intellectually dishonest in that they present the issue as if the rich are getting away scot-free when it comes to taxation. That is educated? Hardly.

Tim James

July 6th, 2011
5:22 pm

Put Kathy Griffin on at 8 pm with Anderson Cooper. Anything but Anderson giving news.

Forget the Pickle

July 6th, 2011
5:24 pm

How about this then….zealots on both sides are generally db’s.

Seriously.

Chris

July 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

They need to make room for the Casey Anthony Show.

Chris

July 6th, 2011
5:33 pm

FinanceBuzz, Just curious, are you rich? Very funny how poor people feel they should stand up for the rich especially when the rich don’t give a damn about you.

Tom

July 6th, 2011
5:35 pm

Spitzer was not entertaining and was rude alot to Kathleen, so she left the show. He would have probably gotten better ratings if he had brought his hooker-friend on board as a guest! Now that would have been interesting, instead of the BS he spewed!

Tom

July 6th, 2011
5:51 pm

Granny 4:17p- First sensible thing I ever heard you say, you turning the corner girl?

Falcon Josh

July 6th, 2011
5:51 pm

Dick Morris is on BIll’s show every night and loves paying for sex too.

Jon Lester

July 6th, 2011
5:59 pm

I like Erin Burnett, and I miss seeing her on CNBC, but CNN needs to lose a certain local pundit before I watch the network again. I’m going on about a year and a half without watching the first second of CNN and I really haven’t missed it.

Rose

July 6th, 2011
6:04 pm

Now if they’d take Nancy Grace off the air, things would be a whole lot better. She is one arrogant, stir the pot “entertainer” for an ex prosecutor. Thank God I have a remote and don’t have to listen to any of them.

Burroughston Broch

July 6th, 2011
6:04 pm

“Viewership wasn’t particularly good either.”

Viewership was nonexistent and then deteriorated further.

Chief Wiggum

July 6th, 2011
6:07 pm

Next up…”Spitzer/Weiner”, network TBD.

Hey, at least it sounds funny. Two guys that couldn’t keep their pants on. It’s an epidemic that is all over Washington, affects both political parties. But Spitzer and Weiner (especially Weiner) were so brazen, even trying to defend their behavior.

Jim3

July 6th, 2011
6:19 pm

Well, I think Spitzer is brilliant and has great qualifications as a commentator and interviewer. He was an Attorney General and Governor of the second largest state. O’Reilly and the Fox gang are nothing but slick entertainers that had a crash course in right-wing ideology. It’s sad that style and dumbing-down gets better ratings than substance.

Hank

July 6th, 2011
6:19 pm

I am ok with Eliot going. However, I do feel Piers should be given the boot asap. He sucks as a talk show host(boring). I think Sharon Osborne would do a MUCH better job; she’s witty, upfront, and smart. She’d draw a much more lively sort of guest and do a better job interviewing them. And yes I realize her family is not what most Americans consider “normal”. I bet the rating would be better.

Ward

July 6th, 2011
6:35 pm

Gosh, he was so good-looking and trustworthy. Such a heartland non-partisan, who WOULDN’T clear their evening schedule to watch him?

Who will CNN hire next? Well, who’s left at the bottom of the barrel?

RGB

July 6th, 2011
6:37 pm

Newsflash: Liberal talk show hosts are b o r i n g. That includes Client Number Nine.

But I love it when the liberati blame the repeated failure of left wing hosts on the customers. Being unfamiliar with both representative government and the endeavors of capitalistic enterprises, these Treasures of the Left never heard the old adage “the customer is always right.” They have an auxiliary corollary that says “the government is always right”.

RGB

July 6th, 2011
6:40 pm

By the way, New York is not the second largest U.S. state either.

TEXAS is the second largest state. That where our next president is coming from.

When it rains, it pours.

RGB

July 6th, 2011
6:40 pm

’s

Bless you.

gm

July 6th, 2011
6:44 pm

I would take Spitzer over hate fearing Sean Hannity any day, at least Spitzer gave facts, Hannity lies to his audience night after night bashing the President of the United States.
People on the right who watch Hannity are the hateful bigots we have in American, his show is where the Rep go for soft easy questions where they can spew their hate for the President of the United States.

Burroughston Broch

July 6th, 2011
6:45 pm

@ Ward
Tim Geithner after he resigns?

Baltisraul

July 6th, 2011
7:10 pm

Didn’t even know Spitzer had a show on cable! Not much of a human anyway!

Baltisraul

July 6th, 2011
7:12 pm

Good thing he didn’t go up against Hannity. He would have been off the air in 1 mon. At least Hannity tells the truth and loves his wife.

Dan Greenfield

July 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

I thought Spitzer brought some real depth and intellect to his show, the few times I watched. Unfortunately, it remnded me of a PBS news show: real substance, but anethsetizing.

By the way, I am sick and tired of self-righteous liberal-bashing. It must be nice to already know The Truth. Personally, I prefer to try to learn new things and evolve my opinions.

JJ

July 6th, 2011
7:27 pm

Wow RGB. You seem very angry. Watch Fox News 24X7 do we? Your anger at those you disagree with shows an appalling lack of understanding of representative government. Those with the most votes win; acceptance of loss goes along with that as well.
If you don’t win this time, work harder to make sure you do next time. Throwing stones, name calling and vitriol are easy. Respecting the opinions of those you disagree is a mark of character,courage and maturity.

Rogie

July 6th, 2011
7:28 pm

Weiner and Spitzer could team up for their new show “Weinerspitzle”

Pleasantly surprised

July 6th, 2011
7:29 pm

This scumbag should have never been given a show. After grandstanding and crusading, he showed his true colors as a cheater and moral reprobate. He had to buy his adulteress, I guess he couldn’t buy his viewers. For a change the bad guys lose.

daemonova

July 6th, 2011
8:27 pm

man, i got to wait untill september to see erin burnett, im dying over here

BIg Hat

July 6th, 2011
8:40 pm

I’m not certain but I highly suspect that Nancy Grace was a serial killer in a previous life.

RawDeal

July 6th, 2011
8:44 pm

Too bad, I enjoyed his show. I don’t watch much TV but caught myself staying tuned to his show.

bhorsoft

July 6th, 2011
9:20 pm

I used to respect Spitzer, but when he got caught with his pants down, I lost that respect. I was surprised the CNN gave him a show in the first place and am not surprised it didn’t last. I tend to listen to and respect the opinions of people I respect — even though I disagree with them. I couldn’t give a rats behind about the opinions I have no respect for. I suspect a lot of America felt the same way and wouldn’t bother to tune in to his show.

TruthBe

July 6th, 2011
9:22 pm

The show like the rest of CNN’s programs are nothing but bias noise for the democrat liars. This guy stinks. Most of the CNN so-called reporters are liberal left-wing progressive democrat communist wantabes. And all of CNN and HLN promote perverted gay lifestyles down our throats all the time.