Anderson Cooper isn’t leaving CNN any time soon. The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie reported Wednesday that CNN has signed Cooper to a new contract that will keep him at the network through the 2016 presidential election.
With shows at 8 and 10pm, Cooper is an essential part of CNN’s primetime lineup. During the third quarter of this year, Cooper’s 8pm broadcast led the network in total viewers while his 10pm show was #1 for CNN in the 25-54 demo. While Cooper’s 8pm ratings consistently fall well below Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, in recent weeks and months his has been one of the only primetime CNN shows to top MSNBC, in this case All In with Chris Hayes at 8pm.
Back in March of 2013, there were rumors that NBC had approached Cooper to replace Matt Lauer on the Today Show. Sources indicated that Cooper may have turned down the position because he was “not interested in trading globetrotting for 4am wake up calls.”
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