CNN is moving Chris Cuomo into primetime, and the morning show host is taking over the 9 p.m. hour on the network, according to the New York Times.

While CNN declined to provide comment on the move, the Times was told of CNN’s primetime shakeup by two sources who requested anonymity because there has yet to be a formal announcement from the network.

Cuomo has risen to prominence at the network thanks to his impressive morning show New Day, co-hosted with Alisyn Camerota, which provides aggressive coverage of the Trump administration — and plenty of Mediaite headlines.

As the Times noted, the move would catapult the 47-year-old host — whose father is Mario Cuomo, the former New York governor, and brother Andrew Cuomo, the current one — “into the highest echelon of cable news, pitting him directly against Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Sean Hannity of Fox News.”

He would take over from the second hour of Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, which currently runs from 8 to 10 p.m., and has struggled to maintain viewers across the full two hour time slot.

That schedule has left a stark ratings contrast, considering the 9 p.m. hour has Cooper’s show — which notched less than 1 million viewers on Monday, for example — going up against titanic rivals Maddow and Hannity, who both nabbed more than 3 million for the same hour.

Cuomo had a limited run primetime show in the 9 p.m. slot for a few weeks in January called Cuomo Prime Time, which now looks like evidence of CNN testing the waters for a full fledged show.

While during his limited run show in January Cuomo continued to host New Day with Camerota, the Times reported CNN will need to find a new host for the morning show.

CNN did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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