Flailing CNN Pulls The Plug On Tapper’s Primetime Show

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 31: CNN moderator Jake Tapper speaks to the crowd attending the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Well, that didn’t take long. Only weeks after taking over the 9 p.m. primetime slot, CNN’s Jake Tapper is being shifted back to his old 4 p.m. time slot, where he’ll resume hosting “The Lead.”
  • New CNN CEO Chris Licht moved Tapper to primetime to try to shake up the evening lineup, which is getting hammered in the ratings by Fox News and MSNBC.
  • Tapper will return to his afternoon show following the midterm elections.

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