CNN’s plan to save its primetime viewing numbers by moving Jim Acosta into the lineup has failed to deliver.
Ever since CNN’s star anchorman Chris Cuomo was fired in disgrace, they have been struggling to fill his 9 PM slot.
They recently tried putting divisive reporter Acosta in their primetime lineup, but things didn’t go according to plan.
Acosta barely even registered on the ratings map.
FOX News reports:
Jim Acosta’s troubled foray this week into CNN’s primetime lineup included everything from disinformation to widely mocked hot takes, but the outspoken host’s saving grace could be that hardly anybody tuned in.
CNN has experimented with different options at 9 p.m. ET since it was forced to terminate Chris Cuomo last year.
This week, it was Acosta’s turn to occupy the time slot with the network’s continuing special, “Democracy in Peril,” that failed to resonate with viewers.
Acosta averaged only 561,000 viewers through the first three episodes of his primetime audition, while Fox News’ time slot competition “Hannity” averaged 3 million viewers during the same period.
Acosta’s primetime debut also shed viewers from the 774,000 that “Cuomo Prime Time” attracted during November before the liberal network canned its biggest star.
“Chris Cuomo was pompous but also entertaining. His replacement either needs to be animated or respected, neither of which is Acosta,” OutKick media columnist Bobby Burack told Fox News Digital…
“CNN viewers may like Jim Acosta’s political views, but that doesn’t mean they like him,” Burack continued.
“How could they? Acosta is a bitter man, who talks in clichés and cracks jokes only he finds funny.”
“Jim Acosta averaged only 561,000 viewers through the first three episodes of his primetime audition, while Fox News’ time slot competition ‘Hannity’ averaged 3 million viewers during the same period.” https://t.co/Jqs1HzwLfA
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The numbers speak for themselves.
Even CNN’s dwindling audience isn’t interested in Acosta, it appears.
Meanwhile, Fox News’s new show “Jesse Watters Primetime” has been a huge hit with viewers.