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The Ratings Are In for Chris Wallace’s New CNN Show


Chris Wallace has a new show on CNN and HBO Max titled “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace.”

The first installment of the program included interviews with several celebrities and former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

From The Hill:

Longtime cable news anchor and pundit Chris Wallace is stepping outside the realm of politics with the debut of a new show that will air for the first time Sunday evening on CNN.

The first installation of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” features interviews with celebrities Tyler Perry and Shania Twain as well as former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

As part of the new show’s rollout, Wallace also interviewed former professional baseball player-turned-business mogul Alex Rodriguez, a conversation which will air in the coming weeks.

Sunday’s episode, interviews from which are also available via streaming on HBO Max, features Wallace peppering Perry, Twain and Breyer with questions about their lives and careers.

Ratings are in for the show.

It was a disaster!

There were only 401,000 viewers – 29% below the average. It got even worse among those aged 25 to 54 — ratings for that group were 64% below the average.

From Radar Online:

Chris Wallace’s much-hyped return to television with the debut of Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace scored a paltry 44,000 viewers in the all-important ratings category, has learned.

The legendary broadcaster’s new show on CNN premiered on Sunday and was only able to deliver 401,000 viewers in the 7 PM/ET hour.

Wallace pulled in only 43,800 in the 25-54 age demo. To make matters worse, the program was down double digits across every category versus the 2022 average, according to early date from Nielsen Media Research.

On Fox News, at the same time period, Trey Gowdy scored a massive 1.3 million viewers with his Sunday Night In America With Trey Gowdy show. His program had 78k in the key 25-54 age demo.


A CNN source defended Chris Wallace.

The New York Post reported:

When reached by The Post, a network source defended Wallace, noting that the show is 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 won’t be determined like one.”

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

One commentator had a different take:


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