There will be no rest for Anderson Cooper on Sundays.
Ratings-challenged CNN will squeeze a sixth night out of its primetime anchor by letting Cooper host a new show Sunday night, the cable news agency announced Thursday.
The hour-long news magazine program, due to air April 16 at 8 p.m., will offer deep dives into the day’s stories, as well as interviews, profiles and investigations, according to embattled network boss Chris Licht.
“Powered by CNN’s unmatched global journalism, ‘The Whole Story’ goes behind the headlines and touches every continent and every corner of the planet as we bring our viewers to the heart of the essential stories of our time,” Licht said in a statement.
Cooper currently anchors “AC360” at 8 p.m. weekdays. It’s CNN’s highest-rated show, but still falls far short of its rivals on MSNBC and Fox.
The Post reached out to Cooper for comment.
“The Whole Story” will be part of Licht’s Sunday night makeover, which also includes Chris Wallace, presenter of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” at 7 p.m.
The former Fox host has struggled in the ratings since the show debuted last fall.
The final Sunday show drew just 349,000 viewers, down around 24% from the previous week, though the broadcaster notes that Wallace’s show is also available to stream via HBO Max, also owned by CNN parent Warner Bros. Discovery.
The first episode of Cooper’s The Whole Story will feature CNN anchor Sara Sidner on the “political and social issues” plaguing San Francisco.
Last week, another CNN reporter, Kyung Lah, revealed that her crew was robbed by thieves in San Francisco after she was sent to the city by her network to report on the rise in local crime.
According to a press release from the network, the debut episode will also deal with alleged carcinogenic baby powder formula, the use of magic mushrooms, the upcoming coronation of King Charles and Central American migrants.
Tapping into Cooper to bolster its Sunday primetime viewership is ironic given that the station works part-time as a correspondent for competitor 60 Minutes, the long-running CBS newsmagazine.
Earlier this week, CBS announced that its latest episode of “60 Minutes” has drawn a combined audience of 8.26 million viewers — good for #1 in Sunday prime time in advertisers-coveted 25-54 age bracket year olds.
The only other show to outperform “60 Minutes” was the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, which also airs on CBS.
CNN is struggling to gain traction in the cable news ratings race that has long dominated Fox News.
MSNBC, Comcast’s left-leaning rival, has settled into second place, while CNN is a distant third.
Licht, who succeeded disgraced manager Jeff Zucker last year, was tasked with boosting ratings while steering the network away from the wayward and partisan comments that characterized its coverage of former President Donald Trump.
Trump has continued to pay dividends for CNN. The network saw viewership surge Tuesday night as anticipation grows ahead of a much-anticipated criminal indictment against the former president by the Manhattan district attorney.
CNN beat MSNBC on Tuesday night with 704,000 viewers in the total prime-time viewership. Of these, 190,000 came from the coveted age group of 25 to 54 year olds.
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