Page Six makes hay of John King, USA’s ratings issues…

The next head to roll at CNN will be John King’s, insiders say. “Since King replaced Lou Dobbs, he’s lost more than half his audience,” one source told us. “If it were a fight, it would be stopped on a TKO because of the bleeding.” In April, Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales quoted a producer as saying King’s show was attracting “only friends and relatives.” An insider said CNN brass are fretting because King’s anemic lead-in doomed the 8 p.m. show of Campbell Brown, who’s leaving at the end of the month and will be replaced after Labor Day by Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker. King is said to have a high opinion of himself, and “the high-fives are rattling the windows on Capitol Hill,” laughed a source. A CNN rep said of King’s possible ouster, “Not true.” Wolf Blitzer will add King’s 7 p.m. hour, a source predicted. No replacement for Larry King at 9 p.m. has been named, but we’ve reported it will be Piers Morgan.

King’s not going anywhere. CNN will give him time for his show to get a groove and turn the ratings around. It basically has to. It can ill afford to be seen as quickly canceling a show when the two hours that follow it are already in the media writers’ sights…

5 Responses to “Schadenfreude?”

  1. Why hasn’t another network picked up Lou Dobbs?

  2. ^Because he has a “Ratigan problem”, Laree. He has one topic, which he beats to death. It’s boring. He’s better as an occasional guest. He may still be under contract with CNN, as well.

  3. Since Dobbs predates Ratigan what you really mean is that Ratigan has a “Dobbs poblem”…

  4. ^Well..yes..

  5. tooncigars Says:

    laree– Dobbs may not be on any other Network because he may run for Prez in 2012 and might be “clearing the decks” so to speak in anticipation of that– he still has a radio show if u’r interested– he’s a very moderate conservative on just about every issue except immigration about which he’s rabid–

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