Viewers have turned away from CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” since namesake host Chris Cuomo’s big brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., went from a darling of the liberal media to a scandal-plagued politician facing calls to resign.
“Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 2.2 million viewers from March 20 to June 24, 2020 when the now-embattled governor regularly appeared on his kid brother’s program, often for light-hearted interviews. The show finished 2020 with a yearly average of 1.8 million viewers, making it CNN’s most-watched program.
But 2021 has seen Gov. Cuomo’s political standing shaken over multiple scandals, and “Cuomo Prime Time” viewership decline coincided with the governor’s woes.
“Cuomo Prime Time” has averaged only 1.6 million viewers since CNN said Gov. Cuomo wouldn’t be covered anymore on the program, a 28-percent drop from the three-month period in 2020 when he was a regular guest. Since CNN banned Chris from covering his brother, “Cuomo Prime Time” is also down 20 percent compared to its 2020 total viewership.
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