CNN Cancels ‘John King USA’

Perennial ratings loser replaced by a third hour of 'The Situation Room'

CNN has abruptly canceled John King USA, its 6 p.m. show. The cancelation isn't a major shock. The two-year-old John King pulled in demo ratings in the mid-five-digit range (ratings for the show supplied by TVNewser averaged out to 72,800 viewers in the 25-54 demographic last week)—a major fall from last year, when the show was still in the 7 p.m. time slot now occupied by Erin Burnett. The show was called out for underperforming when it dipped to 54,000 demo viewers in its fourth week; last Thursday (in an earlier time slot, admittedly), it attracted a scant 52,000 viewers.