It’s unclear what prompted Licht to make the change — though the move comes as CNN’s leadership scrambles to boost ratings for the network’s morning programming, which has long lagged behind its cable rivals.
A refreshed morning lineup has been a top priority for Licht, who has led an aggressive push at CNN toward centrist, nonpartisan coverage since he took over as network president last year.
The Post has reached out to CNN for comment.
“CNN This Morning” debuted just before the midterm elections on Nov. 1, with Don Lemon, Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow serving as the program’s co-anchors. Lemon joined the lineup after getting booted from his primetime slot.
So far, the overhauled morning show has averaged approximately 400,000 viewers a day, according to Nielsen data. By comparison, its predecessor in the same time slot, “New Day,” averaged about 412,000 viewers.
Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” is averaging 1.33 million viewers, while MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is averaging 905,000.
The Licht-led CNN is also experiencing some struggles in primetime — where ratings hit a fresh low on Monday as programming went head to head with the NFL wildcard playoff game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys.
CNN brought in 311,000 nightly viewers on average for the night, compared to an average of more than 2 million at Fox News.