Embattled CNN host Chris Cuomo has misplaced vital female 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 fend off comparable allegations.
“Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 1.7 million female 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 % of female 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 female viewers. That similar month, CNN declared it might 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 peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A couple of weeks in a while March 1, as sexual harassment prices started to mount in opposition to then-Gov. Cuomo on prime of his different political crises, Cuomo acknowledged the elephant within the room on the prime 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 in opposition to his huge brother, “Cuomo Prime Time” dropped to 764,000 female viewers in the course of the month of March.
Women continued to show away in April, when “Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 661,000 female viewers.
In May, the present fell to a median female viewership of 540,000. Near the top of the month, the Washington Post reported CNN’s Cuomo joined convention calls with prime aides to the embattled governor as prices of harassment mounted and prompted calls from each side of the aisle for his resignation.
CNN acknowledged Cuomo’s involvement however stated he wouldn’t be disciplined for his conduct. Women continued to draw back, as “Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 480,000 female viewers in June.
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A slight uptick occurred in July, when the present averaged 509,000 female viewers, but it surely has declined each month since.
On August 3, the CNN host was named in a state investigation as a member of a crew of out of doors, 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 in opposition to him on Feb. 28, in keeping with the report. That e-mail got here someday earlier than Cuomo instructed CNN viewers he “obviously” could not cowl his brother objectively.
The report additionally discovered Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed a number of girls in violation of state and federal regulation and fostered a poisonous, abusive office tradition. That night, Chris Cuomo ignored the information on his present, sticking to his new coverage of not masking 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 scenario on air.
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The August drama resulted in solely 489,000 female 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 e-mail the place Cuomo appeared to confess to the incident and apologize, though he stated he had no unfavorable 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 female viewers in the course of the first week of October. Women have fled each month in 2021, apart from July, and the present misplaced 39% of year-to-date female viewers from the day Ross got here ahead by way of the primary week of October.
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Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.