Don is good at what he does, and so too is Anderson. So, what’s the problem, then?
The answer is simple: Jeff Zucker.
He has already announced what CNN’s primetime schedule will be, moving forward (EBO at 7pm, AC360 at 8pm, taped programming at 9pm, and CNN Tonight at 10pm). But that’s a problem. Bill Weir is almost assuredly going to rotate heavily (at least two or three times a week, if I were to wager a guess), and he is awful, as the ratings have begun to indicate for CNN Tonight at the 9pm slot. However, if Zucker were to move Don Lemon and Friends to 10pm permanently, and either can Weir/CNN Tonight or move it to another timeslot, I think it would prove to be a good move. If Zucker is determined to move CNN Tonight (with a rotating roster of hosts) to 10pm, then I think he should at least move Don Lemon and Friends to 11pm permanently, airing them M-Th, and instead of having a CNN Spotlight and Rachel Nichols’ Unguarded at 10 and 10:30, respectively, on Fridays, air them at 11 and 11:30 on Fridays, preempting Don’s show at that day.
Whatever you do, Zucker… Don’t gut Don Lemon’s commentary/panel show. Please.