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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
RankAudienceChangeRankAudienceChange
Mar 20214096,000-75.51%42422,000-70.01%+340%
Feb 20217392,000-54.84%211,407,000-48.82%+259%
Jan 20214868,000+96.69%132,749,000+92.01%+217%
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 202011558,000291,669,000+199%

CNN Top Programs

RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1The Lead with Jake Tapper41,193,00024
2Cuomo Prime Time1,033,00046
3The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer1879,00046
4Erin Burnett Outfront1867,00053
5Anderson Cooper 360°4851,00056
6Inside Politics1643,00053
7CNN Newsroom1484,00064
8New Day1451,00037
9CNN Tonight with Don Lemon3422,00070
10CNN Newsroom Live276,00039
11Early Start259,00041

Comments (224)

  1. MaxiMaxi
    Mar 25, 2021 02:46 GMT

    Don Lemonhead and his counterpart Chris Cuomo are the most pompous anchors on television. There shows have become unwatchable. The way they treat there guests with differing opinions is disgusting. That is the few times they have guests with differing opinions. Just report the news and stop telling your listeners why Americans are terrible people.

    1. LewisLewis
      Apr 7, 2021 14:02 GMT

      Don Lemon and Cuomo are the best!

  2. Steven MarksSteven Marks
    Mar 20, 2021 02:17 GMT

    Lemon is a racist toward conservatives. He is disgusting.

    1. LuisLuis
      Apr 7, 2021 14:03 GMT

      Don Lemon is God’s gift to humanity! Republicans are disgusting POS!

  3. Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
    Mar 18, 2021 10:29 GMT

    Who hates white people more? Don Lemon at CNN or Joy Reid at MSNBC?

  4. ArmandoArmando
    Apr 3, 2021 04:22 GMT

    It's unfortunate to see what's happened to CNN. They took the bait. It's like watching politicians report the news. Same white noise. It's like watching MTV. Hopefully they'll get back to what they did best. Until then there's no point in watching.

  5. WayneWayne
    Mar 18, 2021 18:39 GMT

    Don Lemon is so “woke” he acts like he is high... has CNN done dtug screening on him yet...
    His credibility was killed almost winning Trump’s reelection, so much bias he was unbelievable...
    And yes his facial expression are manic... “I don’t believe you don’t have my opinion...”
    Wake up Don. We are all “woke” to your psycho behavior, played out by your approach to a “brother” Tim Scott having a rational unbiased opinion...
    Go “woke”, go broke!!
    Same same “take a knee”... advertisers pulled 200,000.$ from NFL pockets.
    Go live your alternative lifestyle and invite some of you less fortunate “brothers” over for a sleepover and... dinner!!

    1. JayJay
      Mar 27, 2021 15:22 GMT

      Lemon is the dumbest anchor of all time. This interview with Tim Scott was ridiculous. Typical of CNN's biased mouthpiece anchor. Look at your ratings proof is in the pudding. The general public does not endorse your sentiments quite the opposite.
      Go home Don

  6. Thaddeus GoldbergThaddeus Goldberg
    Mar 4, 2021 07:28 GMT

    Don Lemon is the worst. I cannot stand even looking at him and the facial expressions he makes. I just want to throw a brick at the screen every time I see his face. Chris Cuomo and his corrupt family is another reason I stopped watching CNN. These arrogant, pompous anchors like Lemon and Cuomo are nauseating and disgusting.

  7. Carol ThompsonCarol Thompson
    Apr 13, 2021 17:44 GMT

    Shouldn't have messed with Trump. Has to be very embarrassing and humiliating to know you are responsible for putting such a senile, evil corrupt man as Biden in power. I know you're not in the habit of dealing with facts but even your news group has to groan every time he opens his mouth. Stop obsessing with Fox, get rid of mentally unstable Lemon and try the truth.

  8. CindiCindi
    Mar 11, 2021 03:23 GMT

    Don lemon and Chris Cuomo are totally unbearable to watch!!!!! Why don’t they ever tell the truth about what’s going with Andrew Cuomo.

  9. John BrownJohn Brown
    Apr 13, 2021 12:03 GMT

    I used to think that CNN and MSNBC viewers were just being duped, but now I just flat out question their intelligence. Just look at the people leading our country now. You have an old man with dementia and bunch of IVY League educated people telling him what to do and say at every step. These people have maturity of a 13 year old, just will not make any adult decisions because it may upset the rest of the 13 year olds and they will throw a hissy fit.

  10. TrixeyTrixey
    Apr 10, 2021 13:00 GMT

    Well , Audience #s are going the way they should now for Lemon. After 4yrs of Russian Collusion and calling Trump a racist, he's out of gas. No one wants to listen about Joe and Kommie , and how virtuous they supposedly are. Or that every cop is a criminal, because of George Floyd.. Don and CNN are a Lemon. Viewership down 70% last week. Bet the advertisers paying this guys salary love that!

    1. Albert AvillaAlbert Avilla
      Apr 11, 2021 05:21 GMT

      First, I love your points. George Floyd died of an over-dose of Heroin and Meth-Amphetamines. His "friend" took the "5th" because he is a dealer. Twenty-Dollars buys a bag of "dope." Of course they will NOT use the word "Heroine" because it does not sound as "good" or "safe" as "Opiate." Some Heroin users "Speed-Ball": Shoot or Snort Heroin and then smoke Meth. An Upper with a Downer can equal death. Given the stress of the situation and the fact that Floyd could still speak, he was not "choked." And yet, everyone just stood there and now we have all of this b.s to look forward to once and again...

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