CNN's Cuomo calls out Hannity, Maddow: 'I don't know where their partisan fights are getting us'

CNN's Chris Cuomo is calling out his soon-to-be prime-time competition in Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity.

"They have huge numbers. I have huge respect for their success, and I take nothing away from them," Cuomo said to Variety, referring to Hannity and Maddow.

"But the point is, I don't know where their partisan fights are getting us."

CNN announced Wednesday that Cuomo, a former ABC "20/20" co-anchor who jumped to CNN to co-anchor "New Day" on weekday mornings, will be moving to the 9 p.m. slot this spring. 

He wrote on Twitter following the announcement of his new show, "Chris Cuomo Prime Time," that he will be "testing power" while "pushing for progress."

MSNBC's Maddow and Fox News's Hannity almost always finish among the top three programs in cable news, along with Fox News's Tucker Carlson.

For February, Hannity averaged 3.33 million total viewers per night. Carlson was second, with 3.144 million viewers, and Maddow third, with 2.874 million.

In the 25–54 demographic that advertisers covet most, Hannity averaged 711,000 viewers, with Carlson registering 650,000 and Maddow 641,000. Maddow has been surging in March, however, winning the category on most nights.

"Cuomo Prime Time," which ran throughout January, was seen as a test run for Cuomo in prime time. The program finished tied for the month with Cooper as CNN's top-rated show in the 25–54 demographic. It averaged 392,000 viewers while finishing tied for ninth overall against rivals Fox News and MSNBC.

In total viewers, Cuomo averaged 1.11 million total viewers in prime time and finished 25th overall against its cable news competition.

"The show will feature Cuomo’s signature in-depth one-on-one interviews that test politicians and newsmakers on their positions, as well as analyses of news of the day and the latest breaking news," CNN said in a statement announcing the new program.