With CNN Experimenting at 10pm, ‘AC360 Later’ is MIA

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By Jordan Chariton Comment

anderson_cooperIf you haven’t noticed, “AC360 Later” has not aired on CNN for close to two weeks, with CNN airing documentaries, “AC360″ replays, and an Anderson Cooper Newtown special in its place.

The show has been off-air for nine consecutive weeknights, and has aired just three times in December. The last airing was December 5, a huge news day surrounding Nelson Mandela’s death.

As of that date, the quarter-to-date avaerage for “AC360 Later”—which debuted in mid-September—was 492,000 total viewers and 160,000 A25-54 viewers.

The documentaries airing in its place in December, “Newtown: One Year Later” on December 11, and “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story” (two-hour documentary starting at 9pm) on December 12, registered 294,000 total viewers/101,000 A25-54 viewers and an average of 567,000 total viewers/167,000 A25-54 viewers, respectively.

On three of the nights the show did not air (Dec. 9-11), Cooper was in South Africa covering the Mandela memorial service. Cooper was back in studio this week, but replays of “AC360″ have aired at 10pm.

Upon its premiere, the show was dubbed as a Monday-Thursday program. A network spokesperson declined to comment on the status of “AC360 Later.”

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