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CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Ratings

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CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is a two-hour weeknight news show featuring spirited interviews and commentary on the day's biggest news stories, broadcast on Cable News Network (CNN) and CNN International. The late evening primetime program, which airs live at 10pm/ET from Time Warner's studios at 30 Hudson Yards, New York City, brings factual insights and analysis to the major news developments of the day, candid conversations without talking points or spin, and late-breaking news that become the following morning's headlines. CNN Tonight debuted in 1985 but was pushed off-air by the premier of Larry King Live. It was, however, revived to its current format in April 2014 as a replacement for Piers Morgan Live amid a new primetime schedule.

CNN Tonight is presented by veteran journalist and news anchor Don Lemon, who has been with the cable news network since September 2006. A recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and three regional Emmy Awards, Lemon has reported and/or anchored on-the-scene for CNN from several breaking news stories, including Hurricane Florence (2018), Las Vegas shooting (2017), Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub (2016), and the Charleston church shooting (2015). Prior to joining CNN, Lemon served as co-anchor for the 5pm newscast for NBC5 News in Chicago. He has also worked as correspondent for NBC News in New York, anchor/general assignment reporter for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and investigative reporter for KTVI-TV in St. Louis.

CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Ratings Chart

Ratings chart for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon show on Cable News Network

Don Lemon Ratings: Compared with the program CNN Tonight replaced, Don Lemon's show has gained significant viewership since its introduction. In the weeks prior to Piers Morgan Live's exit from CNN's primetime lineup, the show's total audience dipped to as low as 270,000 at a time when its cable news competitor The Kelly File on Fox News was racking upwards of 2 million.

CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Historical Ratings

DateDemo A25-54Demo P2+P2+ Gain
RankAudienceChangeRankAudienceChange
Jul 202010380,000-27.48%311,254,000-19.87%+230%
Jun 20209524,000+17.75%271,565,000+12.83%+199%
May 202010445,000-20.25%271,387,000-16.9%+212%
Apr 202011558,000+62.21%291,669,000+57.3%+199%
Mar 202020344,000+54.26%341,061,000+38.33%+208%
Feb 202023223,000-2.62%36767,000-14.3%+244%
Nov 201927229,000-12.26%36895,000-5.89%+291%
Oct 201918261,000+19.18%36951,000+18.14%+264%
Sep 201917219,000-2.23%34805,000-2.54%+268%
Aug 201916224,000+5.66%32826,000+7.55%+269%
Jul 201917212,000+12.77%33768,000+8.94%+262%
Jun 201921188,00035705,000+275%

Cable News Network Top Programs

RankNameR-ChgCov. %AudienceA-Chg
1Cuomo Prime Time1.81,865,0006.19
2Anderson Cooper 360°1.61,660,00015.52
3Erin Burnett Outfront11.41,398,00016.59
4The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer11.41,365,00019.94
5The Lead with Jake Tapper1.41,361,00015.2
6CNN Tonight with Don Lemon1.21,254,00019.87
7CNN Newsroom1.21,180,00014.86
8New Day0.7632,0006.09
9CNN Newsroom Live0.5421,0007.27
10Early Start0.4396,0005.49

Comments (29)

  1. Charles WimmerCharles Wimmer
    Jun 3, 2020 01:38 GMT

    CNN might want to replace Don Lemon;he has lots his mind.
    He has become so bias that he can no longer report.

    1. MichelleMichelle
      Jun 3, 2020 09:32 GMT

      Don Lemon is a useful idiot. The media incite violence and they have blood all over their filthy hands.

  2. NormaNorma
    Jun 20, 2020 03:33 GMT

    Don Lemon likes to stir the pot. He needs to report facts, not his opinion. I don’t care what the media thinks. And twisting facts is not good journalism. He and Cuomo need to go. Cuomo is a fraud. The COVID incident was the last straw. I’m done with CNN

  3. SabrinaSabrina
    Jul 2, 2020 18:57 GMT

    Don Lemon is a detriment to the credibility of CNN and Cuomo. is a jackass. Lose them and you might actually get some viewers.

  4. paul d OBrienpaul d OBrien
    Jun 24, 2020 03:18 GMT

    don lemmon is a race baiter pure and simple. him and bubba smollett should get a room

  5. Katherine PayneKatherine Payne
    Jun 5, 2020 19:59 GMT

    Don Lemon lies never tells the truth. I see this happening day by day and I can't listen to him ever again. Leaving CNN

    1. NormaNorma
      Jun 20, 2020 03:34 GMT

      Me too, no more cnn for me

  6. Mark BogenriefMark Bogenrief
    Jul 8, 2020 09:12 GMT

    Don lemon statement about jesus is a new low for him. His statement about jesus perfection is showing his true colors. CNN NEED TO FIRE HIM.

  7. Anthony KnightAnthony Knight
    Jul 7, 2020 04:07 GMT

    Don Lemon is a joke! I cannot watch this guy any longer. He won’t listen to anyone he’s interviewing and when he’s challenged, he laughs and cuts them off. It’s like watching a child who’s losing an argument. No wonder CNN continues to lose viewers and dip in ratings.

    1. dennisdennis
      Jul 13, 2020 21:11 GMT

      Im a FOX fan as they come closer to news. When I change channels to see what the Fake Folks are doing all have to do is wait 3 seconds to hear the word Trump.They both are a total joke They need to start their own station and re-locate to Detroit or Newark.

  8. CalCal
    Jul 7, 2020 04:01 GMT

    Watching Don Lemon talk over his guests is tiresome. If your argument doesn’t dovetail with DL’s, don’t bother going on. I don’t watch DL but noticed a guest who I though raised an honest argument and wanted to see if they would have an actual discussion. No such luck. DL is incapable

  9. JKLJKL
    Jul 7, 2020 19:05 GMT

    After watching the show (not news) one should wonder how it qualifies for a slot on a news channel.
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and they can even present their opinion to anyone prepared to listen. That said, I again wonder why CNN would provide airtime on a news channel for these type of shows.
    Many of the shows on CNN these days should be labelled as "Opinion" pieces. Maybe even consider a different station so individuals that are looking for "news" (just the facts) don't have to listen to someone's opinion and crap as they try to achieve higher click rates.
    Now CNN used to be able to deliver but until they get back to reporting the news and start keeping opinions to themselves I will just change the channel.
    Good Luck in you future endeavors.

  10. BlackShamanBlackShaman
    Jul 6, 2020 18:09 GMT

    I am tired of watching Don Lemons trying to act Black and being relevant. He has become a whinner and his show ratings convey that nobody even on CNN watches him. Please don't cancel his show, id rather watch his continual stupidity and making fun of him.

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