CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, 50, has been pictured out and about wearing a cap which reads ‘I have issues’.
Perhaps one of those ‘issues’ is his show after ratings hit an all-time low last week, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings data.
Cuomo’s daily 9pm program drew 684,000 total average viewers last week with 156,000 in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54.
Chris Cuomo was pictured wearing an “I Have Issues” hat as he grabbed a coffee in the Hamptons over the weekend
Trying to tell us something? Cuomo wore a hat with a message as he did a coffee run
The CNN anchor was taking time to enjoy his weekend despite his show’s figures plummeting to a new low
It is a fraction of the 1.137 million total viewers and 377,000 demo viewers which the show pulled in when it started in June 2018.
Prime Time was the 25th-ranked cable news program in total average viewers for the week.
By comparison, over on Fox News, Cuomo’s rival Sean Hannity pulled in an average of 3.486 million viewers, 572,000 in the 25 to 54 demographic.
Cuomo looked casual as he wore baggy jeans and a t-shirt with a fall jacket over the top
Cuomo was seen walking along the street in the Hampton’s where he lives
On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, in the same time slot attracted 1.915 million viewers with 263,000 in the demo.
Cuomo’s primetime program still manages to bring in more viewers than his old morning show program, New Day, which sees 324,000 viewers on average tuning in to watch.
Cuomo’s rating began to decline after his brother, Andrew Cuomo, resigned as governor of New York following accusations of sexual harassment by several women.
In August, Cuomo Prime Time was still CNN’s highest-rated show with an average of 964,000 viewers and 222,000 in the demographic.
Last year, Andrew Cuomo regularly appeared on Chris’s show, where he was lavished with praise over New York’s handling of the COVID crisis.
In one interview, Chris reportedly told Andrew he was ‘the best politician in the country’.
His silence on the sex pest scandal – which reached boiling point after New York’s Attorney General said it believed the governor’s 11 accusers only served to fuel further allegations of hypocrisy.
Chris Cuomo (right) was previously branded a hypocrite after he repeatedly had Andrew (left) on his show at the height of the COVID crisis, when the governor’s handling of the crisis was initially praised
In a speech broadcast live on CNN, he revealed that he advised his brother Andrew to resign as New York Governor on August 16.
He also issued a public apology as a result of his intervention in the strategizing of the scandal.
Cuomo said: ‘I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second.’
‘When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisors that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again.
‘It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that.’
Over the weekend, it was revealed the disgraced former governor is considering running for political rival Letitia James’ attorney general post.
Cuomo, 63, held the position from 2007 to 2010 before becoming governor and now sources close to the politician told the New York Post he could run for the position once again in 2022.
The two regularly joked around on Chris’s show at a time when hundreds were dying of COVID. Chris played with a giant swab on one show
Chris Cuomo broadcast while quarantining in his Hamptons basement last year while speaking with his brother on his show, when Governor Andrew was a pandemic hero
‘People in Cuomo’s orbit are tossing it out there,’ a person close to Cuomo told the Post. ‘They’re floating [the idea].’
The source said Cuomo and his team are gauging reaction after the former governor’s reputation hit an all-time low following the probe into sexual harassment claims.
Despite resigning from his position and having to move out of the Executive Mansion, Cuomo’s war chest – money that can be used to campaign – remains high at $18million, the New York Post reported.
His political rival Letitia James, 63, won the attorney general position with $1million.
Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s spokesperson, said: ‘There is a ton of idle speculation out there and we can’t control if we continue to take up valuable real estate in people’s heads.’
Cuomo himself told New York Magazine that he didn’t ‘know what the future holds,’ in their latest edition and said: ‘I’m at peace. Look, it’s simple: I trust the people and the truth will [win] out.’
Cuomo told the magazine he’s enjoying his ‘vacation.’
‘I never took summer vacation. I didn’t do that. I never took vacations, period,’ he said. ‘So, I’m enjoying time with family and friends. That’s all I’m doing.’
Cuomo has been keeping a low profile and enjoying fishing trips with his dog Captain. He claims he has no plans to make a political comeback
Cuomo’s ex-New York Governor brother Andrew (left) resigned on August 10 after he was accused of sexual harassment by 11 women. The pair are pictured together in 2018
Earlier this week, Cuomo celebrated his beloved dog Captain’s fourth birthday with a picture of the two on a boat with superimposed clouds masking the background. Captain was seen giving his owner a kiss on the cheek.
Although the former governor is enjoying some fishing trips with his dog, he’s also been gearing up a defense against those he believes antagonized him.
James being his biggest opponent, alongside State Senators Jessica Ramos and Alessandra Biaggi, who were both very vocal about calling for his resignation.
Former staff said it would be a total betrayal of his character not to fight back in some form at some point, and that it’s just a matter of time before he does.
Cuomo was not impeached so can still run for governor again next year if he wants to.
It’s unclear if that is likely, but one anonymous Albany lawmaker told New York Magazine they fear he may attack them by bankrolling their opponents in smaller local elections.
‘To say he’s, like, an intense person doesn’t quite capture it,’ said one former aide who did not want to give their name for fear of reprisal.
Cuomo was charged with forcible touching, two months after being pushed out of office by James following her report on the sexual harassment allegations.
Chris and Andrew Cuomo are the sons of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who served three terms from 1983 to 1994.
Chris attended Yale University where he got his undergraduate degree and a law degree from Fordham University of Law.
Chris joined CNN in 2013 after working extensively for other popular networks.
He formerly worked as an anchor for ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America as well as a correspondent for Fox News.
He has received a variety of awards and nominations for his work in the journalism field from prestigious media organizations such as The Emmy’s.
The accomplished media host lives with entrepreneur wife Cristina Greeven Cuomo in New York City whom he married in 2001.
The couple share two daughters named Bella and Carolina and a son Mario, named after Cuomo’s father.