Miss Amanpour, meanwhile, enters an unusual job-sharing role where she will become ABC‘s global affairs anchor, contributing to prime-time shows on world news, while also being host of a daily show on CNN International.
“This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different,” Miss Amanpour said. “I am thrilled and honored.”
Critics wondered from the start whether the Iranian-born Miss Amanpour, a veteran foreign correspondent for CNN, was a good fit for a panel show dominated by American politics. It hasn’t budged from third place behind NBC’s “Meet the Press” and a resurgent “Face the Nation” on CBS, with the ABC show down 1 percent in ratings from last year.
Miss Amanpour’s reporting connections in the Middle East served ABC News particularly well during the Arab Spring, and she scored an exclusive interview with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February.
The Sunday-morning show was much stronger in the ratings behind Mr. Stephanopoulos, who was host from 2002 to 2010. ABC moved him to New York and “Good Morning America,” which has done well in the ratings by teaming him with Robin Roberts.
“Christiane Amanpour has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. “We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience.”
Mr. Gregory’s “Meet the Press” is averaging 2.92 million viewers this season on Sundays, but that’s down 5 percent from last year. Mr. Schieffer’s “Face the Nation,” at 2.86 million viewers, is up 6 percent, the Nielsen Co. said. “This Week” is averaging 2.26 million viewers this season.
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