The Axe

CNN Cancels John King’s Show

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MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: CNN correspondent John King talks to the audience before moderating a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center between Republican presidential candidates U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. The debate is the last one scheduled before voters head to the polls in Michigan and Arizona's primaries on February 28 and Super Tuesday on March 6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

CNN announced Wednesday that it will cancel John King’s evening news show. JK USA, which has aired in the 6 p.m. time slot since 2010, was consistently CNN’s least-watched evening show, a sad spot to occupy on the network that has recently been experiencing a particularly bad ratings stretch. The empty 6 p.m. slot will be filled by Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room,” which will now be expanded to three hours in length. King will remain with the network as the lead national correspondent. He has already covered seven presidential campaigns, four of them with CNN.