Erin Burnett is pregnant (again), which means some months from now, the CNN anchor will be going on maternity leave.
She continues to do well in her time slot, and is often the leader in primetime for CNN.
One thing to watch is to see who will sub for her. Will it be Brianna Keilar or Jim Sciutto, who have often subbed for her? Possibly — or it may be Jake Tapper, who CNN has been slowly pushing into primetime. Brooke Baldwin is another possibility; she hosted ICYMI at 11:30pm for a brief stint during Erin’s previous maternity leave.
And, will her CNNI program continue during her maternity leave, or will it take a hiatus until her return? If it continues, it could help boost the profile of whomever is her sub anchor, because they will not only get a CNN Domestic audience, but an International audience as well.
The important thing is picking a formidable substitute: while Brianna is good, I don’t think she would be able to continue Erin’s ratings success. Jim or Jake, most likely, would be the best bet.