CNN Sends Jake Tapper Back To Daytime After Primetime Flop

Looks like it's back to afternoons for Jake Tapper!
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16:  Jake Tapper is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, and anchor of the CNN weekday television news show The Lead, May 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Tapper's CNN office is decorated with posters from loosing U.S. Presidential campaigns over the decades.  (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Jake Tapper’s move to the 9PM hour on CNN to cover the midterm elections was a ratings disappointment, regularly ranking third in the timeslot behind Fox’s Hannity and MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tonight.
  • “As part of a special lineup, Jake agreed to anchor the 9 pm hour through the midterm elections,” a CNN spokesperson said.
  • Despite a flashy premiere show featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and President Joe Biden, he debuted with just 854,000 viewers, a number that only continued to drop in the proceeding days.

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