Although Piers Morgan hasn't been a fixture on the American scene for as long as John Dingell, it sure feels just as long.
I realize that it's easy for a British guy to seem pompous to Americans, but sometimes a pompous ass really is just a pompous ass.
Morgan's holier-than-thou attitude, especially when it came to his obsession with curtailing Americans' gun rights, quickly wore thin on American viewers, leaving Morgan sometimes losing the ratings race not just to Fox News (by a wide margin) but even to MSNBC. (To be fair, most CNN nighttime programming is losing to MSNBC. And for much of evening programming, the combined viewership of CNN and MSNBC amount to less than half of those watching "Fair and Balanced" Fox News.)
Last Tuesday, Morgan's show had its second-lowest ratings ever, with only 50,000 viewers in the key demographic of adults aged 29-54.
So it's not a big surprise that CNN has now announced the cancellation of Piers Morgan Tonight.
We don't yet know what will replace the show, but if CNN wants to have any chance to retake second place in the evening cable news wars, they need to choose someone far outside their usual predictable liberal host. (That includes Erin Burnett, whose pretty blue eyes can't make up for her ridiculous class-warfare and Democrat talking point rhetoric; you'd think she would have learned better while working at CNBC.)
By the way Jeff Zucker, I might be available for CNN if you want to talk. You could use a little intellectual diversity over there.