CNN afternoon anchor Jake Tapper is hot — and not just for slapping down the White House for failing to send a top official to represent America at Sunday’s anti-terror protest in Paris.
For three weeks running, his show, "The Lead With Jake Tapper," has topped the 4 p.m-5 p.m. ratings in the key 25-54 age group demographic, beating out Fox’s Neil Cavuto.
What’s more, his viewership has jumped 75 percent in the past three weeks versus the same time period a year ago from 104,000 in the demo to 182,000, making him a CNN ratings success story.
His surge in the Nielsen ratings comes during a boost among most news stations as Americans focus on the Paris terror shootings in a Jewish deli and the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
And that boost is giving Tapper a more influential voice, which he seems to be taking advantage of in criticizing the president for not sending Vice President Joe Biden or another senior official to the protest, a mistake the White House admitted Monday.
On Sunday, for example, he expressed disappointment with Obama’s team on air, then on Monday penned a column criticizing all of official Washington for failing to voice support. “I hope it's not American arrogance, a belief that everyone should express shock when something bad happens to us but that our presence at an international rally is worth less than a ticket to the Green Bay game when the victims speak in accents we don't understand,” he wrote.
The Tapper Details:
— For three consecutive weeks, CNN’s "The Lead with Jake Tapper" has topped FNC’s "Your World with Neil Cavuto" in the key demo 25-54 (182,000 vs 162,000).
— "The Lead" also outperformed MSNBC at 4 p.m. (182,000 vs. 61,000) during this time period (12/22/14 – 1/9/15).
— Compared to the same time period a year ago, "The Lead" is up 75 percent.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.