Sean Spicer’s appearance on SE Cupp’s HLN show offered a big ratings boost

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s hour-long interview with HLN anchor S.E. Cupp turned out to be very beneficial for Cupp, from a ratings standpoint.

Spicer, who Cupp has previously described as a “friend” of hers, helped attract a larger crowd than usual for S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, notes Axios.

As Axios’ Sara Fischer reported, Cupp’s show gets roughly 70,000 viewers on average in its 5:00 p.m. timeslot, but Thursday night’s show pulled in 109,000 viewers for the network.

HLN re-aired the show Thursday during the 8pm hour for those who missed the first run of the Spicer interview. The repeat show pulled in 142,000 total viewers — 38,000 within the 25-54 key demo — bringing the day’s total to 251,000 total viewers of the show, 70,000 of which were in the demo.

Spicer declined to comment to Axios’ Johnathan Swan when asked about the ratings bump and whether or not he harbored any TV gig aspirations.


Former WH spox Sean Spicer to join S. E. Cupp Jan. 4

For the entire hour on January 4’s edition of HLN’s S. E. Cupp Unfiltered, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will appear along anchor, S. E. Cupp.

As a promo for the special notes, it will cover the first year since Trump’s inauguration.

Cupp told Mediaite in a statement, “Sean and I are friends. He saw Unfiltered one night and liked what we were doing. I suggested we try something similar together — a fun, smart lively look at the week in news. He was game.”

The two mentioned the upcoming show on Twitter as well:


After Sean Spicer dustup, CNN hires reporter April Ryan

After a dustup with President Donald Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, CNN announced yesterday that it had hired American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondent April Ryan as a CNN political analyst.

Ryan had been told by Spicer to stop shaking her head at a press conference, and previously Trump asked her to get him a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus — apparently assuming she was a part of it.

She will provide commentary across the network’s shows, CNN said.

She said, “I am thrilled to become the latest CNN political analyst.”


CNN employee asks at Jeff Zucker’s town hall why they reversed policy to NOT air Spicer’s press briefings live

At a town hall held in New York by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, a CNN employee broached the topic, according to our sources, of why CNN had apparently reversed its position of not airing the press secretary Sean Spicer’s briefings live, at the time pointing out they had inaccuracies. Citing the falsehoods, CNN producers had said it would be easier to air relevant parts of the press conference later on.

But that has been reversed, with CNN opting to air Spicer’s briefings live.

At the town hall, a CNN staffer asked about it.

According to sources, Zucker replied, “They have been incredibly newsworthy and a lot of news is being generated by those briefings thus far. And while that continues, I think we will continue to take them.”

He also counseled the staffers to not be intimidated by Trump. “Do our job, don’t back down and don’t be intimidated.”


CNN fires back at Sean Spicer

CNN’s public relations Twitter account fired back at White House press secretary Sean Spicer this morning, after he lashed out at CNN for labeling the March for Life as “demonstrators.” Even though, you know, that’s exactly what they’re doing — they’re demonstrating.

Well, CNN PR fired right back at Spicer, pointing out that they were only calling those who participated in the March for Life what they called themselves: demonstrators.


CNN: Jim Acosta “has our complete support”

CNN’s senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta received a glowing endorsement from CNN today, following his disagreement with President-elect Donald Trump at a press conference, where Trump dismissed Acosta and CNN as “fake news;” and therefore unworthy of a question.

Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer accused Acosta of being “rude, inappropriate, and disrespectful,” and saying that he owes Trump “an apology.”

On Fox, Spicer said, “You do not treat the president-elect or any major figure in that way.”

But CNN pushed back, showing support for Acosta.

“As we have learned many times, just because Sean Spicer says something doesn’t make it true. Jim Acosta is a veteran reporter with the utmost integrity and extensive experience in covering both the White House and the President-elect. Being persistent and asking tough questions is his job, and he has our complete support.”