Ratings for some of the network’s contenders paint a bleak picture
Chris Cuomo was yanked off his nightly CNN show last week and fired over the weekend, and while the network still plans an investigation into his conduct in support of his embattled brother Andrew amid the then-New York governor’s scandal over sexual harassment accusations, executives now have a new problem: Cuomo, whose show aired in the competitive 9 p.m. ET time slot, was consistently its highest-rated primetime host. Who can replace him?
Michael Smerconish, a former George W. Bush official who hosts a Saturday morning program for the network, will fill in for Cuomo this week. A CNN spokesperson confirmed that as far as fill-in hosts go, “nothing has been determined” beyond the next five days. (The network declined to comment on any plans for a permanent replacement.)