Chris Cuomo is demanding that bosses at NewsNation give him another time slot after ratings for his new show, which has been on the air for less than a month, appear to have tanked.
Cuomo joined NewsNation on Oct. 3 following his resignation from CNN last year after it was revealed he was not open about his involvement in helping his older brother, ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, navigate a slew of sex scandals. .
Now, Cuomo is said to have met with NewsNation’s president of news, Michael Corn, in hopes of convincing him to switch him from his 8pm timeslot, possibly with Dan Abrams going to air at 9pm on weeknights.
When Cuomo was on CNN, his show would air Prime Time during the 9 a.m. network and average 774,000 viewers by the time of its cancellation.
Chris Cuomo’s ratings plummet, despite only being on the air a few weeks ago on NewsNation
“Cuomo is getting annoying about the ratings and he’s starting to blame everyone but himself,” an insider told the New York Post. “He blames the network, the personnel he personally hired, his lead-in, the promotion department and even the press department!”
Cuomo’s beef appears to be with NewsNation’s press and marketing teams because they haven’t hyped his show enough.
At one point, the press team is said to have urged other network employees to promote Cuomo’s show by putting information about his broadcast in their email signatures.
Cuomo’s debut brought in 147,000, but it’s been on a downward spiral ever since with 119,000 viewers the week of October 17, and even his interview with Kanye West generated only 129,000 viewers.
Even Newsmax, a conservative network that is far behind Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, yet still manages to beat NewsNation when Cuomo is on the air.
Nielsen’s ratings estimate that Eric Bolling draws between 150,000 and more than 200,000 viewers per night.
NewsNation is a relatively new broadcaster that bills itself as neutral reporting on current events—an obvious starting point for Cuomo, who enjoyed working his opinions into stories while on CNN.
Cuomo, seen in October 2018, was fired by CNN in December last year
Cuomo posted a tweet acknowledging his resignation last year in a public statement expressing regret for his part of the scandal – but claiming he was only helping his brother
“Chris was walking around and yelling for Newsmax to hit him,” a source told The Post. “He’s a Cuomo. He doesn’t blame himself. He’s been told he’s special all his life,” the source added. “Nobody talks about his show. Chris has no patience. This isn’t going to end well.’
Cuomo blames others on his network, suggesting that the 7 p.m. introductory show, On Balance with Leland Vitter, an hour before him, only pulls in 30,000 viewers a night.
Traditionally, the introductory show often generates a viewership that continues into the following hours.
“We’ve talked to a lot of people in our newsroom and on Chris’s staff and they’re all very happy with the growth we’re seeing,” a NewsNation representative said in response to the claims.
Cuomo is reportedly making $1 million from the hosting gig — a fraction of his former $6 million a year salary at CNN.
Chris Cuomo on set during his new NewsNation show, which has aired for the past four weeks
Cuomo was snatched by CNN executives for violating journalistic ethics by advising his disgraced brother — former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — on sexual misconduct allegations in 2021.
Cuomo has since maintained that he did nothing wrong by advising his older brother and is currently suing CNN for $125 million for lost wages, with the lawsuit alleging the firing has tarnished his reputation so much that it would be “difficult, if not impossible.” are for Cuomo to do similar work in the future.’
During a promotional interview for the new show earlier this month, Cuomo appeared to be trying to distance himself from the partisan coverage of his past.
“Everything has to be context and balance,” he said in an interview with NewsNation. “It can’t be that everything is wrong, everything is bad, and I see I’ve been out of it for a while now, and I hope to bring that perspective in.
“NewsNation is just getting started, the idea of developing an audience, growing something, that’s very important to me. Because I’m really trying to appeal to a group, which the good news is that it’s the largest group, which is ordinary people who don’t identify with any of the extremes of a party,” he said.
“I helped him in ways I thought reasonable,” said Chris Cuomo, right, of helping his brother Andrew, left, defend himself against sexual harassment allegations
Despite his break from the broadcasting chair, Cuomo has remained in the headlines since leaving CNN.
Many have speculated that Cuomo caused the uproar that is currently rocking CNN by betraying former CEO Jeff Zucker over a consensual relationship with the network’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Allison Gollus, that directly led to the executive’s resignation. .
Cuomo has described Zucker as “one of television’s best creators” and the relationship revealed gave him “no joy,” adding that Zucker “gave me huge opportunities.”
Despite the kind words to his former boss, Cuomo bitterly regretted being “recognized in Malawi as I would be in Milwaukee” before his resignation.
Former CNN boss Jeff Zucker was fired for failing to disclose a relationship with CNN chief executive Allison Gollust, though Cuomo denies revealing them
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gollust, who resigned along with Zucker, is said to have been in a relationship with him for years
Cuomo continues to insist he sees nothing wrong with his actions, saying he was free to help him for not covering up his brother’s accusations.
“I helped him in a way that I thought was reasonable,” Cuomo said in an interview earlier in October.
“I don’t know how it hurt the public. I’ve never heard of it hurting the public,” he said of helping to form his brother’s defense against sexual harassment allegations.
At the time of putting out an on-air apology on CNN, Cuomo said he “knows where the line is.”
On his podcast, he spoke again about the conflict of interest, saying, “I’m really sorry how it all ended, but I’ll never regret helping my family.”
Andrew Cuomo’s career as a politician collapsed after he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior towards 11 women.
He resigned in August 2021 after months of pushback and all criminal charges against him were eventually dropped.
Cuomo was found to have helped his brother, ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured here), defend himself against allegations of sexual harassment of 11 women
The charges against Cuomo were based on allegations made by Brittany Commisso, who said that in late 2020, Cuomo lifted her blouse and grabbed her by the chest while they were alone in his Executive Mansion office, where she had been summoned to help with his cell phone. .
He insisted he would not do such a thing, saying ‘it would be an act of madness’.
Commisso’s testimony was one of the most damning in a report released in August 2021 by Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, which concluded that Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women.
Chris Cuomo insists he was not “the main man” in helping his brother get over the charges and was just a “sidepiece” in the effort.
This idea is supported by notes from Melissa DeRosa, his brother’s top assistant, who noted, “Chris often sends me a lot of stuff. I don’t participate in half. He gives unsolicited advice.’
The former governor was also blamed for many of New York’s 15,000 COVID deaths in nursing homes after forcing the facilities to accept COVID-positive patients at the start of the pandemic.
Chris was interviewing his brother on his CNN show at the time and has admitted that he knew it was a conflict of interest to have his brother on his show all day.