CNN’s Chris Cuomo Viewership Tanks in Weeks Following His Brother’s Resignation

In the 9 p.m. ET hour, Cuomo and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are both down — though Cuomo’s declines are steeper — and Fox News’ Hannity is up

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has seen a ratings decline since his brother, Andrew Cuomo, resigned as governor of New York after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. In the competing 9 p.m. ET slot, MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” also saw declines compared to Maddow’s year-to-date average, though they weren’t as significant as Cuomo’s. Fox News’ Sean Hannity was the only one of the three to see increases. Notably, “Cuomo Prime Time” was still CNN’s highest-rated show in August, garnering 964,000 total average viewers and 222,000 in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54.

The journalist was on his annual birthday vacation the week the governor announced his resignation. He returned from the time off the week of Aug. 16, and from that day until Aug. 31, “Cuomo Prime Time” garnered 1.09 million total viewers, on average, according to Nielsen media research ratings data. That was a 29% decline from his year-to-date average of 1.546 million. In the key demo, he secured an average of 268,000 viewers, for a 31% decline from his year-to-date demo average of 387,000. (Editors note: CNN had its most-watched month ever in January with its coverage of the Capitol riots).

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Lindsey Ellefson

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