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The News with Shepard Smith is a nightly newscast providing deep, non-partisan coverage and perspective on the day’s most important stories. The fact-based show, which airs Monday-Friday on CNBC at 7pm ET, features on-the-ground reporting from around the globe as it goes beyond the headlines to give viewers a sharp context into the world around them in real-time. The News does not include analysis or opinion but boasts of expert journalists, reporters, and newsmakers. The hourlong news program is punctuated by compelling images and thought-provoking expert guests, all pulled together by the host’s trademark devotion to speed and accuracy.

The News is hosted by David Shepard Smith Jr., an American broadcast journalist for NBC News and CNBC, where he serves as chief general news anchor. However, Shepard Smith is best known for his 23-year career at Fox News Channel, which he joined at its 1996 inception and served as chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news division. Smith hosted several programs in his tenure at Fox News, including Fox Report, Studio B with Shepard Smith, and Shepard Smith Reporting. Prior to joining Fox, he had worked as a reporter at WKMG-TV in Orlando, WSVN in Miami, WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, and WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida.

The News with Shepard Smith Ratings Chart

Ratings chart for The News with Shepard Smith show on CNBC

Shepard Smith Ratings: The News with Shepard Smith premiered on September 30, 2020 to a total audience of 373,000. Although that figure appears meager compared with its counterparts on the top three cable news networks, it is twice as many viewers as the Shark Tank reruns that it replaced. Responding to criticism about his low ratings, Smith has said: “I don’t know where we’re supposed to be. We’ve had no discussions about ratings with our staff. None of our senior leadership team has ever sat down and talked about [it]. What we have to do is build a great newscast . . . and then eventually people will come to that or they won’t.”

The News with Shepard Smith Historical Ratings

DateDemo A25-54Demo P2+P2+ Gain
May 20225431,00056205,000-10%+561%
Apr 202252229,000-3%
Mar 20225345,00056237,000-4%+427%
Feb 202255248,000+10%
Jan 20225344,000+22%58225,000+2%+411%
Nov 20215836,000-8%58221,000-6%+514%
Oct 20215239,000+22%49234,000+18%+500%
Sep 20215732,000-3%59199,000+8%+522%
Aug 20215833,000+18%62184,000+2%+458%
Jul 20215528,000-24%56181,000-8%+546%
Jun 20215437,00055197,000-4%+432%
May 20215437,000-20%56205,000-12%+454%
Apr 20215546,00055234,000+409%

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Comments (157)

  1. JoeJoe
    May 26, 2022 15:37 GMT

    When did Shep last do a story on Hunter Biden's laptop? Or Hillary's ties to the Russia hoax?

    1. JMRJMR
      Jun 13, 2022 16:14 GMT

      You just described right-wing whacko land stories. You'll only get that nonsense from extremist conservative websites or OANN.

  2. Bob TBob T
    May 26, 2022 00:22 GMT

    Please replace the pompous Shepard Smith. Him pretending not to be biased is repulsive, as is his condescending treatment of guests he doesn’t agree with. I enjoy your finance shows but am baffled by you allowing him to be part of your programming. I am through watching him.

    1. JMRJMR
      Jun 13, 2022 16:15 GMT

      You, right-wingers, think EVERYTHING is biased unless it caters to your people's many biases and extremist conservative worldview.

  3. BenBen
    May 9, 2022 16:48 GMT

    Throughout Smith's entire career in television with WJHG-TV in Panama City, WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, WSVN in Miami and WCPX-TV Orlando, his time at A Current Affair, FOX NEWS and finally CNBC, I have never seen him actually present the news without bitching and whining about the topic first, now matter where he is.

    He left college 2 credits shy to be a reporter and has since been complaining on camera to viewers ever since. His hatred for Donald Trump has just made it that much worse.

    Not certain that he truly understands the role of a reporter or anchor.

  4. ImeldaImelda
    Apr 25, 2022 16:39 GMT

    Shep was 'Eh' at Fox and is now an 'Ehhhhh' at CNBC...Someone tell him that the great Walter Cronkite was the 'true news reporter' and...he is no Walter Cronkite!!!
    Tucker & Hannity admit openly that they are an 'opinion' show...Shep on the other hand 'pretends' he is a News Show. 😂

  5. Carol NicolayCarol Nicolay
    Jun 8, 2022 23:44 GMT

    I watched Smith the first week or so hoping that he would be what he said he’s going to be and he turned out not to be what he claimed to be!!

  6. George DavisGeorge Davis
    Jun 9, 2022 19:02 GMT

    Shepard Smith is a little biased, but the other "news: shows are "a Lot" biased. SS also has some international news instead f all the cute human interest stories that occupy far too much time on "news'' shows that should be called brief entertaining magazines. If he were on at 6, I would watch him every night.

  7. MjMj
    Mar 11, 2021 00:42 GMT

    I just can’t stand his whiny biased news. He is the opposite of the truth, just the facts without bias. All he has that the network news doesn’t is his constant whining. Please replace this loser.

    1. lisa belangerlisa belanger
      Apr 2, 2021 15:43 GMT

      i did not watch him on fox and i will never
      watch him on nbc he is obnoxious he wants us to
      accept him for his homosexuliaty i do not care
      who he sleeps with i just don.t want him on my tv
      so shep sorry you will never get that job on nbc nightime
      news or replace the famous you know lester i do not watch him either

  8. Jeremy GoinsJeremy Goins
    Mar 10, 2021 12:19 GMT

    I've tried to watch this, however Shep is indeed bias against Trump and the right in general and it leaks out every single night. This is a left leaning broadcast, and it uses 'facts' from only one point of view. I removed it from my DVR to do my part to drive the ratings down. Very disappointed how this broadcast turned out.

    1. GordonGordon
      Mar 18, 2021 16:33 GMT

      He is completely unwatchable. He is so biased.

  9. SteveSteve
    May 22, 2021 20:08 GMT

    Another TDS d-bag. "Trump Deranged Sodomite."

    1. Sarah WautersSarah Wauters
      Jun 24, 2021 16:04 GMT

      What is your problem with homosexuality? Someone who is gay has the same ability as anyone else to tell the news. I really appreciate the lack of bias on Shep Smith's show. I am tired of both Fox and MSNBC and prefer just the facts. Recognizing the truth about Trump is just part of the news, whether good or bad. Saying that Trump lied is not biased, it is factually provable that he has lied about the outcome of the election, and this has been proved over and over by Republican election officials.

      Try being compassionate toward others - as Christ asked us to do. He told us not to judge - there is only one that can judge us - and that is God. Those who judge others presume to do that which only God can do - and you are presumptuous in calling names against others. Watch it! Lest you be judged by God.

  10. JWJW
    Feb 16, 2021 13:58 GMT

    Really was hoping The News was going to be a truly sober-faced presentation of fact-based international news stories. Sad to say Shep turned out to be too much of a drama queen for our tastes. We're back to watching PBS and BBC.

    1. D BernesD Bernes
      Mar 4, 2021 07:38 GMT

      Shep is just another NBC talking head following the dogma of the left. Nothing really changes on mainstream media. Did you really think you were going to get a different Shepherd Smith from the one so unloved at Fox. He knew he was on the way out defending and promoting the Russian hoax et al for three years. He's just a big symptom of a bigger problem and his ratings will forever be lackluster, if that. If they put him in any other time slot it would accelerate his demise as a credible news source.

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