Embattled CNN host Chris Cuomo has misplaced important feminine viewers over the course of 2021 amid a sequence of scandals, together with being accused of sexual harassment himself after famously advising his brother on how one can fend off related allegations.
“Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 1.7 million feminine viewers in the course of the jam-packed information month of January. Through the primary week of October, Cuomo’s present shed a staggering 75 p.c of feminine viewers who tuned in in the course of the first month of 2021.
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In February, Cuomo’s present averaged 1.1 million feminine viewers. That similar month, CNN declared it could re-impose a rule that Cuomo couldn’t cowl his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after lifting it for a sequence of broadly panned interviews on the top of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A couple of weeks afterward March 1, as sexual harassment costs started to mount towards then-Gov. Cuomo on high of his different political crises, Cuomo acknowledged the elephant within the room on the high of his present, saying he knew “what is going on” along with his brother however couldn’t cowl it due to his battle of curiosity. Following Cuomo’s admission to viewers that he was conscious of allegations towards his large brother, “Cuomo Prime Time” dropped to 764,000 feminine viewers in the course of the month of March.
Women continued to show away in April, when “Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 661,000 feminine viewers.
In May, the present fell to a median feminine viewership of 540,000. Near the tip of the month, the Washington Post reported CNN’s Cuomo joined convention calls with high aides to the embattled governor as costs of harassment mounted and prompted calls from each side of the aisle for his resignation.
CNN acknowledged Cuomo’s involvement however mentioned he wouldn’t be disciplined for his conduct. Women continued to draw back, as “Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 480,000 feminine viewers in June.
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A slight uptick occurred in July, when the present averaged 509,000 feminine viewers, nevertheless it has declined each month since.
On August 3, the CNN host was named in a state investigation as a member of a staff of outdoor, loyal confidants to Gov. Cuomo who contributed to a tradition permitting the governor’s “sexually harassing conduct” to “flourish.”
Cuomo even drafted a response for his brother to the allegations towards him on Feb. 28, in response to the report. That electronic mail got here someday earlier than Cuomo informed CNN viewers he “obviously” could not cowl his brother objectively.
The report additionally discovered Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed a number of ladies in violation of state and federal legislation and fostered a poisonous, abusive office tradition. That night, Chris Cuomo ignored the information on his present, sticking to his new coverage of not protecting his brother. After his nightly handoff to CNN’s Don Lemon, the latter instantly led the present with the harassment report.
CNN’s Cuomo took a “long-planned vacation” that coincided along with his brother resigning amid the sexual misconduct claims. The “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake returned on Aug. 16 and somberly addressed the state of affairs on air.
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The August drama resulted in solely 489,000 feminine viewers tuning in on a nightly foundation and the averaged dropped to 478,000 in September.
On Sept. 24, CNN’s Cuomo was accused of sexual harassment himself when Shelley Ross, a former ABC producer, wrote within the New York Times that Cuomo squeezed her buttock whereas hugging her at a celebration in 2005. She produced an electronic mail the place Cuomo appeared to confess to the incident and apologize, though he mentioned he had no unfavourable or sexual intent.
Notably, Cuomo requested her to go alongside an apology to her husband earlier than telling her he was sorry.
“Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 439,000 feminine viewers in the course of the first week of October. Women have fled each month in 2021, except for July, and the present misplaced 39% of year-to-date feminine viewers from the day Ross got here ahead by way of the primary week of October.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.
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