CNN is holding on-air tryouts to interchange Chris Cuomo at 9 pm. The community fired Cuomo in December after a number of sexual misconduct complaints surfaced and for aiding his brother — former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was coping with his personal sexual harassment allegations — after which mendacity about it.
So far, CNN has tried out acquainted community faces, like Michael Smerconish, Laura Coates, Brianna Keilar and Jim Acosta. However, acquainted doesn’t imply likable, and this listing reads like a who’s who of essentially the most unpopular names in all of stories media — notably Acosta.
Acosta made his title as a White House reporter in the course of the Trump administration. Acosta usually bickered with Trump and mischaracterized lots of the Trump occasions he coated. CNN then pulled Acosta off the White House beat as soon as Biden took workplace. No extra Briefing Room trolling for Acosta with Jen Psaki on the podium.
Acosta now hosts a weekend program, and he additionally acquired the chance to check out for Cuomo’s former time slot final week. In primetime, Acosta gave CNN the whole Acosta expertise: cringe jokes, a condescending smirk and low scores.
Through 4 days, Acosta drew round 560,000 viewers at 9 pm. For context, that’s fewer viewers than 1000-Lb. Sisters on TLC drew final week.
I spoke to Fox News about Acosta’s tryout on Friday:
“CNN viewers may like Jim Acosta’s political views, but that doesn’t mean they like him. How could they? Acosta is a bitter man who speaks in clichés and cracks jokes only he finds funny.”
So who ought to substitute Cuomo?
CNN doubtless doesn’t need to go along with a white man. CNN doesn’t like white guys, because it usually reminds us. So a white man must outdraw the others and earn the job by a transparent margin. Neither Acosta nor Smerconish can try this.
If CNN goes with Brianna Keilar, we are able to confidently say the community not cares about broadcast high quality or viewership. No one likes Keilar, and the numbers show it. The scores for New Days, which she hosts, are within the tank, as are the scores for each different present on which she seems. If she’s on, viewers will change the channel. Simple as.
So Don Lemon might slither from 10 pm to 9 pm, and CNN may then put Laura Coates, who’s not a large enough title for 9 pm but, on the lesser-viewed 10 time slot. While there are lots of causes CNN shouldn’t additional spend money on Lemon — together with accusations of sexual assault, low scores, and a historical past of racism — CNN doesn’t care. CNN likes Lemon and doesn’t produce other choices.
Chris Cuomo might have been pompous, however at the least he was entertaining. Despite his faults, Cuomo was CNN’s high draw. CNN doesn’t have a viable alternative for Cuomo on its roster. So hopefully, CNN+, an upcoming app of extra CNN content material, can do the trick.