Chris Wallace’s new Sunday night show BOMBS at CNN ‘where careers go to die‘

CNN’s Chris Wallace debuted his new show Sunday evening, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” and the early numbers suggest another possible title for the show, as one social media user observed: Who’s watching Chris Wallace?

The premiere aired from 7-8 p.m./ET, and was down double digits across every category versus the 2022 average, delivering a paltry 401,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the all-important 25-54 age demo, Wallace drew only 43,800 viewers.

It’s safe to say that the show bombed, especially when comparing it to Wallace’s old network. Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” delivered 1.3 million viewers, and 78,000 in the 25-54 demo.

Fox News dominated on Sunday night, being the most-watched cable news network in total viewers and the younger A25-54 demo in primetime (1.2 million viewers, 116,000 A25-54). “Life, Liberty and Levin” was the highest-rated program in cable news across the board, delivering 1.6 million viewers and 129,000 in A25-54, according to early data from Nielsen, and Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in the 9-11 p.m./ET time slot, delivering 936,000 viewers and 109,000 in A25-54.

Wallace signed off for the final time from “Fox News Sunday” on Dec 12, 2021, informing viewers it would be his last show after 18 years on the network. He quickly announced that he’d be hosting a weekday interview program on CNN’s new streaming platform CNN+, but that endeavor was shut down one month into its launch after former CNN chief Jeff Zucker was fired. Wallace was “irate” after Zucker was ousted and the newscaster was “second-guessing his decision” to move networks despite his estimated salary of $8-$10 million, Radar Online reported at the time.

The entertainment news and celebrity gossip outlet noted that Wallace’s intended CNN+ gig was put on ice before new CNN boss Chris Licht decided to keep the show and move it to Sunday night.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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