CNN’s morning show, New Day, anchored by Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota and Michaela Pereira, is finally two years old. It debuted on June 17, 2013.
From the show’s debut to January 15, 2014, New Day averaged 97,000 demo viewers, according to Business Insider, putting the show in third place in total viewers and fourth in the key demo.
For the first quarter of 2015, ratings saw a significant uptick, with CNN’s morning show beating Morning Joe for its third consecutive quarter, with 125,000 demo viewers (and 365,000 total viewers), mark New Day‘s highest quarterlies on record.
Between the big three cable news morning shows (New Day, Morning Joe, Fox & Friends), only the Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota, and Michaela Pereira-led morning show has shown growth over the past year in cable news.
As reported by THR, the CNN morning show was up 30% from the 2013-14 TV season.
Just recently, the New Day team celebrated their 2nd year anniversary:
In a profile in The Hollywood Reporter, we learn that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker has no problem going into the control room during New Day:
He’ll offer opinions on elements as seemingly minute as Chyrons and graphics. And, says New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, who came to CNN last year after 16 years at Fox News, it’s not unusual for him to be in the control room during the broadcast, which begins at 6 a.m. “Where I’ve worked before, interviews are three-and-a-half to four minutes — that’s it and you’re out, even if you’re in a moment,” she says. “Here, I’ll be in the middle of an interview and I’ll hear the control room in my earpiece, ‘Jeff is here; Jeff says keep going.'”
He then fires off a shot at Fox News and Roger Ailes:
A primetime lineup that includes documentaries (Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s The Seventies) and reality series (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown) has been fodder for competitors. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes told THR last year that CNN is “out of the news business.”
Zucker laughs at the rhetoric: “It’s absurd on its face. The fact is, we’re doing more news than we’ve ever done. We’re doing more news than anybody else. Part of our strategy has been to mount series programming because you can’t exclusively rely on just what you’d classify as traditional news. And who’s copying us? Fox.”
He’s referring to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies – which had a ten-week run earlier this year – and O’Reilly’s Killing movies, which are produced for Fox-owned National Geographic but also air on Fox News. Adds Zucker: “So not only are they doing series, they’re doing scripted series. They’re doing it with actors. And the fact is, they’ve gone further out of the news business than we have.”
This morning, New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo disappeared from the last few segments on the show, leaving Alisyn Camerota to host the show with Christine Romans (who was sitting in for Michaela Pereira).
Dr. Sanjay Gupta was in studio for the second-to-last segment in the 8am hour, where they were discussing a new cholesterol drug which has recently been backed by the FDA. After commercial break, they went to their closing segment, The Good Stuff, and decided to have Gupta stick around.
“So, Chris has left to go on assignment, and we’ve gotten a major upgrade, [I’m] here with Christine and Sanjay. Great to have both of you guys for The Good Stuff.”
The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart compiled a list of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s appearances on his brother’s morning show on CNN, New Day. In each instance, the governor attempted to offer some jab at his younger brother, or offer his help to co-anchor Alisyn Camerota when it comes to handling Chris.
“I am the smarter, nicer, funnier version of your co-host; don’t let him say anything mean about me when I get off the air,” Governor Cuomo said.
To which Stewart pointed out, “You know you’ve gone too far when you’ve made a CNN anchor look humiliated by what’s happening on air.”
When Chris Cuomo was drinking from his New Day mug while Andrew Cuomo was speaking, Stewart remarked, “Did you see that move with the cup? That’s one of these ‘I’m gonna give you a hot cup of shut the fuck up pretty soon.'”
Earlier this morning, Cuomo took to Twitter to respond to Stewart’s segment:
Not only did Early Start and At This Hour anchor John Berman winCelebrity Jeopardy!, he now also has won CNN Quiz Show: 70s Edition, partnered up with primetime anchor of CNN Tonight, Don Lemon.
The two anchors were playing for charity, and the grand prize of $20,000 was going to the Tom Joyner Foundation.
The other two teams each got $10,000 to give to a charity of their choice: Bill Weir and Alisyn Camerota played on behalf of UNICEF Nepal Earthquake Relief; and Richard Quest and Brooke Baldwin played for Stand Up for Kids.
CBS This Morning was the first morning show to broadcast from the One World Observatory last week. Yesterday, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers reported from the observatory deck for the New Day team, which opens to the public on Friday.
Unfortunately, it was really cloudy, so Myers’ live shot wasn’t very picturesque.