After a five month solo stint, Elliot Spitzer has officially received the boot from CNN. The former New York governor, who had headlined his own show, ‘In The Arena’ following co-host Kathleen Parker’s departure earlier this year, will apparently be leaving the news network after poor ratings and internal questioning of the strength of the slot.
Now, with Spitzer gone, CNN is doing what many watchers feel is long overdue- moving Anderson Cooper in to the primetime spotlight. The network announced the silver fox himself will be bumped up into the 8 P.M. slot, giving him access to a larger audience and a time slot where seniors are still awake.
“We have a lineup that underscores our commitment to quality journalism,” added Jautz.
Cooper’s show, he said, “is our flagship program. It’s best to put your flagship program in your marquee hour. And the shows at 8 o’clock are representative of what the news networks stand for.”
For the second quarter 2011 ratings period, CNN posted double-digit year-over-year gains in total day and primetime. But the network still finished the quarter behind MSNBC, which posted more marginal gains during a newsy second quarter that included the killing of Osama bin Laden and continued unrest in the Arab world.
What do you think of the shakeup at CNN? Will you miss Spitzer? Are you happy Anderson is moving to primetime? Weigh in Clutchettes and gents- tell us what you think!