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Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is bringing her HLN program, S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, to CNN, where it will air on Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET beginning August 25.
TVNewser had heard rumors over the past few days that the program would move to Saturdays, and Cupp confirmed the news in a tweet this morning:
Some personal news: I’m thrilled to announce the show we lovingly built on @HLNTV is officially moving to @CNN. Starting Aug 25, you can catch @UnfilteredSE every Saturday night. So proud to join the @VanJones68 and @davidaxelrod already stellar lineup.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 9, 2018
Unfiltered had been airing Monday-Thursday on HLN since it launched on August 21 of last year. The panel-driven program hosted by the CNN political commentator was originally given the 7 p.m. time slot. Cupp originally had Forensic Files as her lead-in, and then Unfiltered served as the lead in for Prime Time Justice with Ashleigh Banfield (now named Crime & Justice).
Despite much optimism, Unfilited got off to a slow start at 7 p.m., and was moved to 5 p.m. in November to make HLN exclusively news programming from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., with no original programming in between.
Cupp couldn’t build on Michaela Pereira‘s 4 p.m. hour, and Banfield’s program – which moved from 8 p.m. up to 6 p.m., and extended an hour – saw its ratings fall as well.
Per Nielsen data for July, Cupp averaged 67,000 total live-plus-same-day viewers (No. 81 on cable news), and 22,000 adults 25-54 (No. 69 on cable news).
It remains to be seen what will be slotted into HLN’s 5 p.m. hour.