Chris Wallace’s CNN celebrity talk show debut tanks in ratings

Chris Wallace’s debut as the host of his own celebrity talk show on the struggling cable news outfit CNN proved a dud in the ratings.

The Sunday night premiere of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” was watched by just 401,000 viewers, which is 29% lower than the 2022 average for the 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time hour, according to the latest ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

Wallace’s show also attracted only 44,000 viewers in the advertiser’s coveted demographic of viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, according to Nielsen. That’s 64% less than the average for that hour.

Reached out by The Post, a network source defended Wallace, noting that the show will be available to viewers on the streaming platform HBO Max three days before it airs on CNN and thus “doesn’t follow a typical linear distribution model, so its success will” t be determined as one.”

“Live domestic TV viewers represent only a fraction of the intended audience,” the source said.

In its debut episode, Wallace, who is apparently trying to turn herself into a broadcaster beyond politics, received less than stellar reviews for singing along with Shania Twain to the tune of her hit single “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”

On next week’s episode, Wallace will question retired baseball bat Alex Rodriguez about his dating history.

The ex-host of “Fox News Sunday” was beaten by the competition at his former workplace.

Wallace’s debut drew just 44,000 viewers in the coveted demographic of viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, according to Nielsen.
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Former Congresswoman Trey Gowdy, who hosts “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy,” generated an audience of 1.3 million — more than three times Wallace’s viewership, according to Nielsen.

In the 25-54 demographic, Gowdy nearly doubled Wallace and drew 78,000 viewers.

A CNN spokesperson told The Post: “‘Who’s talking?’ premiered Friday on HBO Max with three fantastic episodes and was promoted to HBO Max’s massive subscriber base all weekend.”

“CNN viewers also got the chance to watch the best moments from HBO Max episodes on Sunday night.”

The network representative added: “We are thrilled with the launch and Chris’s cutting edge interviews.”

“‘Who’s talking?’ will also be simulcast on CNN International, reaching an additional 350 million households worldwide.”

Fox News is a subsidiary of the Fox Corporation, the sister company of The Post’s parent company, News Corp.

Wallace left his longtime home, Fox News, for CNN last year after moderating “Fox News Sunday” for 18 years.

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Wallace, who was lured away from Fox News last year, has had a bumpy start to his CNN term.
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The son of the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace was an award winner by then-CNN boss Jeff Zucker, who would eventually resign after it was revealed he was in a consensual relationship with his top marketing agent, Allison Gollust.

Wallace came on board with CNN for a reported annual salary that ranges between $8 million and $10 million.

But Zucker’s departure and the abrupt shutdown of the streaming service CNN+ by the company’s new parent company just weeks after its launch had reportedly made Wallace question his decision to migrate to the network.

Zucker’s successor, Chris Licht, moved Wallace’s show to Sunday night on the cable network.

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