Lasting just over two years, CNN’s “John King USA” has been axed.
King never really pulled in particularly good ratings at 7 p.m., then 6 p.m., falling behind Fox News and MSNBC. CNN is putting him back in the field as the network’s national campaign correspondent.
Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room” will get an extra hour and will now air from 4 to 7 p.m.
The general consensus among viewers was he lacked distinction.
This is what Bob Furnad, a former president of CNN, thought in 2010: “John’s a fine journalist but he doesn’t stick to the wall,” he said. “He’s not memorable… They need appointment TV.”
CNN’s prime-time ratings in May, a rather quiet news month, were the worst in at least 20 years.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk