CNN’s Jake Tapper will no longer be hosting a primetime show on CNN after the midterm elections.
He will return to his previous time slot which was 4 p.m. ET.
CNN’s experiment with Jake Tapper in primetime is coming to an endhttps://t.co/DAzIIYqpev
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 2, 2022
Multiple sources told Semafor that Jake Tapper will be returning to his previous 4 p.m. ET time slot after the midterm elections.
A CNN spokesperson said, “As part of a special lineup, Jake agreed to anchor the 9p hour through the midterm elections. At the completion of that schedule, he’ll be returning to his award-winning program The Lead. We will announce post-election plans for that time slot in the coming days.”
One CNN source close to Tapper said the anchor only agreed to do the show through the midterms, and that he always considered it to be a temporary experiment. But there had been some speculation that the network’s lead Washington anchor could take over the slot permanently.
Tapper’s show was plagued by low ratings.
CNN Tonight with Jake Tapper averaged only 854,000 viewers and ended up in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC.
Ratings by show:
Sean Hannity: 2.6 million
Alex Wagner Tonight: 1.6 million
Jake Tapper: 854,000
Tapper made his primetime debut on Oct. 11 with a splashy broadcast that included interviews with President Biden and movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Despite the big-named guests, “CNN Tonight with Jake Tapper” only averaged 854,000 viewers, which is a distant third behind Fox News’ “Hannity” with 2.6 million viewers and MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight” with 1.6 million viewers. Tapper’s audience substantially dipped since then.
In October, Tapper averaged only 691,000 viewers. Notably, his daytime program “The Lead,” which has been guest-hosted by other CNN anchors during his primetime stint, regularly had higher viewership than his 9 p.m. show and averaged 839,000 viewers last month.
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