Last Monday night’s hour-long interview with the former President Barack Obama, a night pumped much-needed life into CNN’s flagging ratings.
Obama was also trounced by Tucker Carlson, among young viewers between the ages of 25 and 54.
According to Nielsen data, the 44th commander in chief sat down with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for an hour-long special, which drew 1.4 million views. Despite booking one of the country’s most popular Democrats, Cooper was trounced by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which drew 2.97 million viewers, more than twice as many as the Obama interview at 8 p.m. ET.
From June 1 to June 4, “Anderson Cooper 360” attracted only 895,000 views on average.
“Cuomo Prime Time” attracting 1.16 million viewers, Chris Cuomo was able to ride Cooper’s coattails in the timeslot following the presidential interview. But he was still last among the three cable news networks, with “Hannity” winning the 9 p.m. ET timeslot with 2.74 million viewers, followed by MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” with 2.38 million.
Cuomo’s audience has dwindled as a result of various controversies affecting his brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in recent months, averaging just 858,000 viewers last week.
On Monday, CNN surpassed 1 million viewers for the first time in the month of June. CNN failed to attain a seven-digit audience 13 times out of 31 days in May, accounting for 42 percent of the month.
Since President Trump departed office in January, CNN has suffered a 70 percent reduction in viewership. “Cuomo Prime Time” lost a whopping 74 percent of its viewers.
Obama went after conservative media during his CNN interview, mocking Republicans’ concerns about critical race theory being taught in schools across the country.
Obama told Cooper, “I also think that there are certain right-wing media venues, for example, that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a White population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes, and do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and that people are trying to take advantage of them, and you’re seeing it right now.”
He continued: “You would think with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now, the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about how are we going to deal with the economy, what are we going to do about climate change, what are we going to do about—lo and behold, the biggest single most important issue to them apparently right now is critical race theory.”
“Who knew that was the threat to our republic?” The former President then chuckled.