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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 CNN

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
Dec 202010441,300-14.48%291,431,700-16.03%+224%
Nov 202013516,000+4.67%311,705,000+0.35%+230%
Oct 202012493,000+45.86%261,699,000+44.23%+245%
Sep 202013338,000+3.68%351,178,000+5.37%+249%
Aug 202015326,000-14.21%371,118,000-10.85%+243%
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 201927229,00036895,000+291%

CNN Top Programs

1Cuomo Prime Time1,820,00028
2Anderson Cooper 360°1,756,60025
3The Lead with Jake Tapper31,600,20020
4Erin Burnett Outfront1,579,20026
5The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer1,549,60024
6CNN Tonight with Don Lemon11,431,70016
7CNN Newsroom11,294,10019
8CNN Right Now51,227,66744
9Inside Politics1,137,500
10At This Hour1,032,000
11New Day2669,10021
12Early Start1385,11128

Comments (133)

  1. 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.

    1. dudedude
      Nov 17, 2020 05:09 GMT

      I say keep them on. Their has to a place for assholes homos and fools to be entertained and feel superior to the rest of us besides the bozo show must go on right kids

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    1. ArtArt
      Sep 30, 2020 19:19 GMT

      CNN is a joke

  4. 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. Mary jonesMary jones
      Dec 30, 2020 03:32 GMT

      Sorry, CNN has an the best ratings. If you want to talk about low ratings, talk about Fox News with all of their lies.

  5. polywalpolywal
    Jan 14, 2021 03:52 GMT

    I remember reading about the 2016 election in the US from Europe, shocked at how Hilary Clinton was so hated by right wing Americans - as most of us were across the pond - and then being surprised by her expression: "basket of deplorables". What a strange word choice I thought. Why "deplorables"?

    Now I know.

    1. RobertRobert
      Jan 19, 2021 14:52 GMT

      I would gladly pay to send you and scum sucking Don Lemon back to Africa, back to digging roots for a living!

  6. Trisha LuceroTrisha Lucero
    Jan 20, 2021 03:14 GMT

    Don Lemon is so biased and definitely has Trump Derangement. CNN should replace him with someone that can be objective and actual report truths and facts, not the the garbage and disinformation that he spews out.

  7. polywalpolywal
    Jan 21, 2021 21:06 GMT

    I don't get what the big deal is about Don Lemon. To me he's the CNN equivalent of say Sean Hannity; I find Lemon less extreme and more sincere but that's me. At least his opinions don't seem to be connected to a single politician and the possible side benefits to his own career. And after all, his show is not supposed to be just reporting bare facts, as someone else here has said - so you can agree or disagree.

    If people like Robert have a problem with his being gay and having a partner of different race that's another thing altogether.

  8. MilesMiles
    Oct 10, 2020 02:14 GMT

    At this moment, I am listening to Don The Lemon and Christ Cuomo, talk bout themselves. Cuomo just said, and I quote; "If you're a hater or if your a bigot, you are a Trump supporter." At 69 years of age, I did not know that I was a bigot. Thank you Mr. Cuomo for enlightening me. I am forever indebted to you for your wisdom. Afterall, you are the Christ!

    1. Kraken47Kraken47
      Jan 9, 2021 07:22 GMT

      Of you are not a bigot and not a fascist thank you may have dementi

  9. Tony MontanaTony Montana
    Jan 19, 2021 21:04 GMT

    Don Lemon removed all of his friends who were Trump supporters. Would this include a trump supporter friend who has a juice large “package”??

  10. 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

    1. Mary jonesMary jones
      Dec 30, 2020 03:33 GMT

      Well, maybe you know!! I'm just saying.

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