CNN to Move Chris Cuomo to Primetime in the Spring

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 15, 2018

CNN is moving Chris Cuomo to prime-time, making room for the anchor by taking an hour away from Anderson Cooper's show.

"Beginning this spring, Cuomo Prime Time will air weeknights at 9pm ET following AC360", a network statement reads, referring to Anderson Cooper's 8:00 p.m. ET program.

CNN hopes the move will turn around the network's fortunes in that time period, where it has been a distant third.

Cuomo has risen to prominence at the network thanks to his impressive morning show New Day, co-hosted with Alisyn Camerota, which provides aggressive coverage of the Trump administration - and plenty of Mediaite headlines.

The move would catapult Mr. Cuomo, 47 - a son of Mario Cuomo, the former NY governor, and the brother of Andrew Cuomo, the current governor - into the highest echelon of cable news, pitting him directly against Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Sean Hannity of Fox News.

To accommodate the new schedule, Cooper's nightly show will be reduced to one hour.

Cuomo had a limited run primetime show in the 9 p.m. slot for a few weeks in January called Cuomo Prime Time, which now looks like evidence of CNN testing the waters for a full fledged show.

He says his show will highlight 'debating with decency, ' bringing people from both sides of the political spectrum to the table for discussions, with Cuomo moderating. Cuomo will be replaced by fellow CNN anchor John Berman on "New Day", according to CNN executive vice president of programming Michael Bass.

In total viewers, Cuomo averaged 1.11 total viewers in prime time and finished 25th overall against its competition.

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