CNN’s new challenger to MSNBS’s Rachel Maddow and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “Chris Cuomo Primetime,” hasn’t reeled in the big ratings the network was hoping for.
Last month, CNN decided to move, “New Day” co-anchor Chris Cuomo into the prime time hours by slashing “Anderson Cooper’s 360” from two hours back to one, Variety reported.
“Cuomo Prime Time” finished its first week with viewership down 9 percent compared to CNN’s 9 p.m. programming the same week last year. In addition, Friday’s episode lost 23 percent of the viewers who tuned in for last Monday’s much-heralded premiere.
However, despite the CNN host landing high-profile, first-week interviews like White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Cuomo hasn’t closed the rating gap with his competitors.
“Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 1.1 million total viewers, while Maddow averaged 2.6 million and Hannity averaged 3.2 million, according to Deadline, based on Nielsen Media Research numbers.
Hannity’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Monday night (in the U.S.) drew a whopping audience of 5.9 million compared to 2.4 million each for CNN and MSNBC.
Cuomo told the Associated Press last week that the intent of his new program is to land in the ideological center.
“The independent thinker, the open-minded person doesn’t have anywhere to go. So we are building a home for them,” he said.
Cuomo has been a frequent critic of president Trump and his administration. In January, Cuomo also has urged American people to “get woke” while denouncing Trump’s border wall, belittled viewers who want controls on immigration and referred to a Trump supporter as a “lemming” during a nasty Twitter spat.
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