About one month after taking over as GM and exec vp at HLN, former Spike TV-founder Albie Hecht made some scheduling moves. Kyra Phillips-anchored Raising America and Ryan Smith-anchored Evening Express are gone, as of November 18. Raising America is being replaced by a repeat of previous day’s Showbiz Tonight; Evening Express by What Would You Do? — the ABC News show to which HLN bought cable TV rerun rights about a year ago. Also, a four-hour block called News Now, from 1-5 PM ET, will be hosted by Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul and Lynn Berry, on a rotating basis.

During the third quarter, Raising America averaged about 290,000 viewers — up 48% compared to third quarter of ’12; demo-wise, Raising America jumped 50%. Evening Express averaged 289,000 in the quarter — a spike of 94% compared to third quarter of ’12. In the demo the program was up 85%.

“We have a real opportunity to grow the HLN brand; let’s get started,” Hecht said in a memo to staffers.

johnny
10 months
Bring back Raising America with Kara Phillips and all the trial coverage. The new format is just...
Katherine
10 months
Please bring back the original line ups. I always look for trial coverage and enjoy Jane Valez-Mitchell's...
Sandy
10 months
I feel like everyone else. Why would you cancel the shows that brought folks to HLN. I...