During week one of its debut, Cuomo Primetime is performing better than the previous 9:00pm offering — Anderson Cooper 360. Not only that, but Chris Cuomo’s program was, on most nights of its first week, the number-one rated show on CNN.
That said, Cuomo Primetime still fell in third in the demo against cable news heavyweights Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow.
Cuomo’s demo numbers were good enough for fifth place overall for the day for its premiere episode, as Contemptor notes.
For its premiere episode, Contemptor reports CNN had one of its best nights recently by drawing 1.158 million total viewers and a demo audience of 392,000 — and for comparison, CNN averaged 265,000 demo viewers and a total viewership of 835,000 during May’s primetime hours.
CNN’s morning anchor Chris Cuomo has signed off of the program. Effective June 4, he will be at CNN’s primetime slot at 9:00pm, hosting Cuomo Prime Time.
John Berman will take over the reins as Alisyn Camerota’s co-anchor, and CNN’s John Avlon is joining as a regular presence on the show.
CNN contributor (and now former) Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon has joined CNN full-time as a fill-in anchor and senior political analyst, effective June 25, based out of the network’s New York bureau.
The network notes he will “have a daily presence on CNN’s morning program New Day,” which he had been doing unofficially for a period of time.
Avlon will also lend his talents in an advisory role to the digital leadership team, according to CNN.
In a statement, he said, “I’ve loved leading The Daily Beast newsroom, but after five years, it’s time for a new challenge. I am looking forward to joining CNN full time and becoming part of such a great independent global news organization. This is the best time to be a journalist, and the work CNN does to put ‘facts first’ is more important than ever before. I am thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Former ESPN anchor and wife to NBC News/MSNBC’s Craig Melvin Lindsay Czarniak signed on with CNN for a few weeks as a sports correspondent, she announced on Twitter.
She made her debut on Friday of last week and continued on both Monday and Tuesday, reporting live from New York on set for Early Start and back again for New Day.
CNN did not respond to an email seeking further details on Czarniak’s assignment from sports site The Big Lead.
Cuomo Primetime returns for good on Monday, June 4 at 9:00pm, show host Chris Cuomo revealed today on Twitter. “Just heard yesterday! JUNE 4,” he said.
The show “will feature Cuomo’s signature in-depth one-on-one interviews that test politicians and newsmakers on their positions, as well as analyses of news of the day and the latest breaking news,” according to CNN.
Cuomo added, “Absolutely love New Day team and mandate and what we have built…but prime is the arena for accountability and that’s where the partisan divide is really fomented. Great chance to cut through, test, and do some different things.”
The network has confirmed John Berman will take over New Day with Alisyn Camerota.
Already, CNN is readying itself for a programming shift — sometime this spring, Chris Cuomo will shift off of New Day and into primetime with Cuomo Primetime; John Berman is named as his replacement.
Zucker may have more changes in the works, hypothesizes the Hollywood Reporter, noting that onetime Today executive producer and morning television legend Steve Friedman has joined CNN as a consultant.
Friedman did not respond to an emailed request for comment from THR, and a CNN spokeswoman said she wasn’t quite sure what Friedman was working on.
Furthermore, thus far this week political analyst John Avlon has joined New Day as a third anchor.
Soon, Chris Cuomo will be leaving New Day and going to primetime with his new show, Cuomo Primetime. John Berman has been named his replacement on the morning show.
But on both Monday and Tuesday, with Cuomo off and Jim Sciutto filling in, there was a third anchor, seated off to the side, and not front and center — CNN political analyst and Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon, a frequent New Day commentator.
Avlon recently sat in for Kate Bolduan on CNN International’s State of America.
And now, he’s sitting as a third New Day host?
Two of Kate Bolduan’s former co-anchors are making big moves: Chris Cuomo is moving to primetime this spring, and John Berman is taking his seat on New Day.
Yet when former New Day co-anchor Bolduan offered her congratulations, it was only to Berman — not Cuomo. Reports indicated that Cuomo was insistent on getting her moved off of New Day, which eventually happened during her maternity leave.
She was replaced by Alisyn Camerota.