CNN has taken Eliot Spitzer’s “In the Arena” off the air, replacing it with “Anderson Cooper 360” at 8 p.m. in a shakeup that includes the launch of a new show with former CNBC star Erin Burnett.
The move strips the last remnants of the ill-fated “Parker Spitzer” off the air, six months after CNN parted ways with Kathleen Parker after a period of particularly low ratings. Ratings improved a bit after Spitzer went on his own with “In the Arena,” but clearly not enough to keep him on the air. “In the Arena,” as the Spitzer-only show was known, was pulling in fewer than 100,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic toward the end.
The shakeup also pushes "John King USA" and "The Situation Room" back an hour to make room for Burnett's new show.
"Parker Spitzer" was the brainchild of Jon Klein, the former president of CNN/U.S. who was fired just as the show was launching.