CNN has put some of its programming lineup on the bench. TVNewser reports that the cable channel benched some shows that don’t fit well with its current fixation on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
As previously reported, CNN has seen a surge in ratings as it provides almost nonstop coverage of the missing flight.
"As ratings rise, CNN has benched some shows that don’t fit the missing plane bill," the story reports. "’Crossfire’ has been off for more than a week, last seen on CNN Monday, March 10. The planned Monday night experimental shows, ‘The Don Lemon Show’ and ‘Making the Case,’ co-hosted by CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos, were replaced Monday night by a full-hour MH370 special report hosted by Lemon."
CNN also temporarily shelved Wednesday’s “Death Row Stories” in favor of another special report on the airplane. Still, CNN plans to air “Chicagoland” tonight (Thursday) as previously scheduled, at 10 p.m. ET.
"The decision to pre-empt ‘Crossfire’ — which would have been a TV viewing speedbump at 6:30 p.m. — is paying off in the ratings: Wolf Blitzer anchoring from 5-7 p.m. ET was CNN’s most-watched show Monday," the story reports, adding: "TVNewser hears ‘Crossfire’ won’t be back until at least next week, longer if the Malaysian Airlines flight is still missing."