CNN's Chris Cuomo stepped into the ring with his soon-to-be prime-time competition and immediately took off the gloves, calling out Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity.
“They have huge numbers. I have huge respect for their success, and I take nothing away from them,” Cuomo started, in an interview with Variety, referring to Hannity and Maddow.
“But the point is, I don't know where their partisan fights are getting us,” he said.
Following the CNN's announcement on Wednesday that Cuomo, who co-anchored “New Day” on weekday mornings” will be moving to the 9 p.m. prime-time slot this spring, Cuomo has been emphasizing his ability to push for change.
He tweeted that with his new show, “Chris Cuomo Prime Time,” he will be “testing power” while “pushing for progress.”
Not leaving @NewDay yet, and show will be strong with @JohnBerman and Alisyn and the best production team there is – but life is change. The need and the challenge at night are great…and I love the challenge of being in the main arena and testing power and pushing for progress. https://t.co/UGM0svaYfC
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 14, 2018
MSNBC's Maddow and Fox News' Hannity are two behemoths on television. The two programs account for some of the top programs in cable news. In February, Hannity averaged an astonishing 3.33 million total viewers per night. Maddow averaged 2.874 million.
Much of these viewers registered in the 25-54 demographic, which is a key market for advertisers. In this demographic, Hannity averaged 711,000 viewers, with Maddow getting 641,000. Notably, Maddow has been receiving much attention lately, winning the category on most nights.
CNN's “Cuomo Prime Time” ran through January and was generally viewed as a test run for Cuomo in prime time. At the end of the run, the program tied with Cooper as CNN's top-rated show in the 25-54 demographic, averaging 392,000 viewers while finishing tied for ninth overall against rivals Fox News and MSNBC.
“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,” CNN said in a statement announcing the new program.
The upcoming show promises to put politicians in check and educate viewers on current events and politics. The precursor program often featured interviews with politicians and officials from both aisles, allowing for well-rounded analysis of relevant issues.
The CNN anchor's usage of Twitter also supplements the show, as he will often take to tweeting during commercial breaks to develop his arguments further or defend his stances.
Of course, Cuomo is also known for his criticisms against the Trump administration. He has taken on White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and even former White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci.
With this new platform, Cuomo will be able to effectively make a statement on politics and he has urged other anchors to do the same.
H/T: The Hill