Variety is out today with a deep-dive piece on CNN anchor Brianna Keilar’s rise at CNN, highlighting some of her contentious interviews with Trump officials in recent weeks.
“She will not move on until she gets the answer to her question,” says Eric Hall, who is executive producer of Keilar’s program, as well as CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin’s. “It may take 15 minutes, but she does not move on. That’s one of her greatest strengths.”
In July, Keilar’s 1 p.m. hour of CNN Newsroom saw a whopping increase of 140% in the 25-54 demo. That hour was also the most-watched in that demographic in July among the nation’s three main cable news channels, though Fox News’ 1 p.m. rival still attracts more viewers overall.
But recently, as Variety properly noted, Baldwin’s 2pm hour has been taken over by Keilar, leaving Baldwin with the 3pm hour, as opposed to a two-hour block.
“We see 1 p.m. as the turning point of the day. Viewers are coming out especially at that time for context and perspective,” her EP, Hall, said. “They are looking to us to advance the story, to find voices we are not hearing from all day long.”Follow @CommentaryCNN