CNN's co-anchor Chris Cuomo was temporarily moved to the prime time earlier this year, but now, the network has announced that he will be permanently slated into that spot.
“Beginning this spring, Cuomo Prime Time will air weeknights at 9 p.m. ET following AC360,” CNN wrote in a statement, also referring to Anderson Cooper's 8 p.m. program.
“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 added.
“Cuomo Prime Time” ran through January as a sort of test run for Cuomo in prime time. At the end of its run, it tied with Cooper as CNN's top-rated show in the 25-54 demographic. It averaged 392,000 viewers in the demographic, which is a priority for advertisers.
In the general sphere, the show tied for ninth overall against rivals at Fox News and MSNBC.
Cuomo's show averaged 1.11 million total viewers in prime time and finished 25th overall against the competition. In comparison, “AC360” finished 24th as CNN's highest-rated program in total viewers with 1.126 million.
The shift from morning to prime time would ultimately reduce Cooper's prime-time footprint from two hours to just one.
An excited Cuomo took to Twitter to share the news, vowing to “test power” on a daily basis. He tweeted, “I hear you. We will test power. Every. Damn. Day. Just like always. Have to talk TO people more and ABOUT them less. Debate with decency. The need is clear. Hopefully we help fill it,” before concluding with the hashtag #ChrisCuomoPrimeTime
I hear you. We will test power. Every. Damn. Day. Just like always. Have to talk TO people more and ABOUT them less. Debate with decency. The need is clear. Hopefully we help fill it. #ChrisCuomoPrimeTime https://t.co/csOHfVKknW
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 14, 2018
Cuomo is the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo (D) and the brother of current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). He belongs to a political dynasty and has stated that his relatives have expressed skepticism about his chosen career.
“My father struggled with it as a significant form of service,” Mr. Cuomo told New York magazine in 2010.
The CNN anchor has been outspoken and gained prominence (while also receiving some blowback and criticism from conservatives) for his coverage of the Trump administration.
He also maintains an energetic Twitter account, which he uses to interact and occasionally argue with fans and critics. Cuomo has been known to defend his on-air coverage during commercial breaks.
Cuomo recently used Twitter to conduct a poll regarding the president's language, after an incident where the commander in chief called NBC's Chuck Todd a “sleeping son of a bitch.”
H/T: The Hill