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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
Dec 20205854,500-7.63%58275,000+0.73%+405%
Nov 20205659,000+13.46%60273,000+1.49%+363%
Oct 20204752,00047269,000+417%

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Comments (28)

  1. 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.

  2. AlexAlex
    Feb 24, 2021 00:34 GMT

    Outstanding reporting, great field reporters. Very true to their mission of “The Facts, The Truth, The News”. It’s a team effort, great anchor and reporters. Good production quality. Best news on cable or major networks.

    How wonderful it would be to have conservatives and liberals receiving this level of accuracy and objectivity!.... receiving the same facts!

  3. NaydaNayda
    Feb 17, 2021 00:55 GMT

    Love this show. The best evening news. Fast, upbeat and factual. Shep was the only one I watched on FOX. I guess I'm a!

    1. Letitia krauerLetitia krauer
      Feb 20, 2021 00:22 GMT

      Love Shep on CNBC. Finally a news program that doesn’t make me want to tear my hair out. The news without spin

  4. FrankFrank
    Feb 20, 2021 03:20 GMT

    CNBC is forgetting to add to The Truth and The Facts with The Bias. and a whole lot of drama. BBC feels like they are the only ones left with some journalism left. CNBC seems too controlled by their advertisers that are pushing agendas.

  5. Werner W.Werner W.
    Feb 17, 2021 13:41 GMT

    The guy still can’t read a Teleprompter. Can’t stand his smugness. Ugh.

  6. GeeBeeGeeBee
    Feb 13, 2021 16:17 GMT

    During the past year and a half I was a regular viewer of "Street Signs" from London. Looking at its ratings above, there weren't many of us. But that show has been kicked to the curb by CNBC and replaced by "The News with Shepard Smith," a rerun of the previous evening's telecast. Who wants to watch yesterday's newscast? Bring back "Street Signs."

  7. Barbara ThornBarbara Thorn
    Jan 27, 2021 00:52 GMT

    I thoroughly enjoy The News with Shepherd Smith. It is the facts without a lot of speculative opinion. If he had the 6:30 pm time slot, the ratings would definitely go up. There are so many worldwide tidbits of information presented that you never see on the other networks. I tape the show so I never miss an episode. Fox News is an embarrassment and full of misinformation. Good luck Shep!

  8. Thomas Hunnicutt, Sr.Thomas Hunnicutt, Sr.
    Jan 21, 2021 03:34 GMT

    I love Shep Smith's nightly news program! I watch the 12:00 rerun before retiring. Very refreshing . Tom

  9. joshjosh
    Jan 19, 2021 10:00 GMT

    Glad to have shep back on legitimate channel. Although I do miss the format and hyped music that was presented on FOX.

    1. JimJim
      Jan 20, 2021 02:59 GMT

      He is the same lefty he always was only a little more smug than before....his jabs at FOX are hilarious! He will bomb here just like he did at FOX, of course he will blame someone or something else for his continued failures!

  10. PaulPaul
    Jan 13, 2021 03:58 GMT

    Shep bringing his integrity to CNBC. Didn't know he was here but now that he is my family gets our news here, too. I'm not a fan of news when it is delivered with personal opinions, but I surely appreciate it when it is approached with critical thinking.

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