CNN's Jake Tapper gets weeklong primetime run


Jake Tapper is set for a limited run on primetime at CNN next week.

As part of the cable news network's coverage of President Donald Trump's first 100 days, The Lead host will anchor his show in both the 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET timeslots, marking his first primetime appearance.

The move is part of a weeklong special that will lead into CNN's weekend coverage of the 100-day milestone, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Recently, Anderson Cooper has been filling the slot with Anderson Cooper 360°, usually starting at 8 p.m. CNN also rotates its original series, specials and Wednesday's CNN Tonight with Don Lemon in the primetime hours.

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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10: CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper is interviewed during the SxSW Conference at the Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jim Bennett/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - DECEMBER 01: Jake Tapper, of CNN's State of the Union, speaks to a crowd at the Harvard Institute of Politics Forum before Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook enter the room for an event titled 'War Stories: Inside Campaign 2016' on December 1, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 472 -- Pictured: (l-r) Journalist Jake Tapper during an interview with host Seth Meyers on January 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
US President Barack Obama participates in a CNN Town Hall meeting with Jake Tapper with members of the US Army at Fort Lee, Virginia, September 28, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0433 -- Pictured: Journalist Jake Tapper during an interview on October 10, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Jake Tapper listens while sitting in an a panel with Hugh Hewitt, Ted Koppel and Jonathan Alter to discuss the 2016 presidential race with Jonathan Alter on his show, 'Alter Family Politics' at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: (L-R) Jennifer Marie Brown, Jake Tapper, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe Meyers attend the Museum of the Moving Image honoring Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Seth Meyers at St. Regis Hotel on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: CNN Anchor Jake Tapper speaks at the Museum of the Moving Image honoring Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Seth Meyers at St. Regis Hotel on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: TV personality Jake Tapper attends the Museum Of The Moving Image Honors Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos And Seth Meyers at St. Regis Hotel on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Jake Tapper and Dana Bash appear on stage during Turner Upfront 2016 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Jake Tapper is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, and anchor of the CNN weekday television news show The Lead, May 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Tapper's CNN office is decorated with posters from loosing U.S. Presidential campaigns over the decades. (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: CNN anchor Jake Tapper poses for a photo during the 2016 CNN Correspondents' Brunch at the Longview gallery in Washington, DC on May 1, 2016. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, CNN anchor Jake Tapper and Ed OKeefe, Vice President of CNN Politics attend CNN Politics On Tap at Double Barrel Roadhouse at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on December 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 25865_003 (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 included actor John Stamos ('Grandfathered'), journalist Jake Tapper (CNN's first Republican U.S. presidential debate) and musical guest Cold War Kids. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Charles Barkley and Jake Tapper attend the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_KM_0619.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 19: Chairman and CEO of Turner John Martin (L) and journalist Jake Tapper attend the Turner Upfront 2016 green room at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper attend the CNN Correspondents' Brunch at Toolbox Studio on April 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Jake Tapper (L) and Jennifer Tapper attend the Atlantic Private Dinner on April 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
Television journalist Jake Tapper poses at the premiere of new television series 'Madam Secretary' in Washington on September 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0057 -- Pictured: (l-r) Journalist Jake Tapper draws a caricature of host Seth Meyers during an interview on June 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: Jennifer Tapper and Jake Tapper attend the 46th Annual Meridian Ball at Meridian International Center on October 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Meridian International Center)
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In his current time slot, Tapper averaged 1.1 million viewers and 287,000 adults 25-54 in the first quarter of 2017. He outperforms MNSBC in the hour but trails Fox News' dominant panel show, The Five.

Tapper, who appears on-air six days a week with The Lead and Sunday's State of the Union, recently told THR that the one thing he would have done differently with his campaign coverage is to cover more policy.

"Looking forward to the 2018 [midterms] and 2020, one thing that I want to do more of are pieces highlighting policy differences," he said during the first-ever Anchor Roundtable, where he also commented on fake news.

Tapper famously grilled Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over accusations of fake news and offered a solution to presenting facts versus an alternative reality.

"One of the things I have found myself more willing to do is have an interview and bear down enough that it's possible that person won't ever come back," he said. "It's an ugly reality."

Michael O'Connell contributed to this report.

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