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Don Lemon Tonight (formerly 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 CNN and CNN International. The 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.

Don Lemon 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 NBC5 News 5pm newscast 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.

Don Lemon Tonight Ratings Chart

Ratings chart for Don Lemon Tonight 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.

Don Lemon Tonight Historical Ratings

DateDemo A25-54Demo P2+P2+ Gain
RankAudienceChangeRankAudienceChange
May 202116208,000-24.36%34753,000-15.87%+262%
Apr 202115275,000+186.46%39895,000+112.09%+225%
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 20209524,000271,565,000+199%

CNN Top Programs

RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1Cuomo Prime Time11,044,00020
2Anderson Cooper 360°1998,00018
3Erin Burnett Outfront2871,00025
4The Lead with Jake Tapper3826,00039
5Don Lemon Tonight4753,00016
6The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer2752,00037
7Inside Politics1726,00032
8CNN Newsroom1722,00029
9At This Hour1666,00026
10New Day472,0008
11CNN Newsroom Live288,00017
12Early Start273,00016

Comments (317)

  1. EricEric
    May 9, 2021 23:08 GMT

    Don Lemon without question is the dumbest news anchor of all time. As well a huge racist

    1. GirlGirl
      May 15, 2021 11:59 GMT

      Agree with you on this!

  2. GENOMGENOM
    Jun 13, 2021 03:33 GMT

    Cable News is a symptom of a disease enabling the weak and inferior with a platform.... look around

    1. Poison ToadPoison Toad
      Jun 13, 2021 22:14 GMT

      Welcome to the revolution... seems cable news loves money from covering what social disease they enable and help create.

  3. 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. DS StoneDS Stone
      May 25, 2021 22:54 GMT

      Same back at you...

  4. 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.

    1. dondon
      May 12, 2021 12:44 GMT

      And after sticking his hand down his pants and then putting the same hand under that persons nose deserved an arrest and firing.He is a really disgusting human being.

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

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

    1. dondon
      May 12, 2021 12:41 GMT

      I will put it this way .If they were both white and hating like that both would have been fired long time ago.Its about time that Whites start speaking up and stop the coddle.

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

    Lemon is a racist toward conservatives. He is disgusting.

    1. AnthonyAnthony
      Apr 22, 2021 16:07 GMT

      conservatives aren't a race...

  7. DS StoneDS Stone
    Jun 10, 2021 00:23 GMT

    Ok - watched a weeks worth of back and forth between the talking heads on cable tv news channels and surprise - no change. Personally —- we are way down the rabbit hole and there is no way out,

    The new normal is bad and worse regarding humanity, so I ‘m done.

    1. Poison ToadPoison Toad
      Jun 13, 2021 00:29 GMT

      Social disease

  8. DS StoneDS Stone
    Jun 1, 2021 19:57 GMT

    CNN and Lemon at it again last night.. poor me we were so mistreated, the state and government owe me, it’s not fair, a bunch of leaches that make socialism a coming reality. Let’s counter- culture everything and get more entitlements so it’s equal... I have a perspective and opinion just like you... you’re pathetic!

    1. DS StoneDS Stone
      Jun 1, 2021 21:09 GMT

      Socialism dumbs-down the culture so everyone is equal except for the politically connected and party huarache. No different than capitalism aka where we are now except now you have a chance to better yourself on your own not the socialist government giving you token hand outs while taking everything from you to support the communal leaches.

      Of course if the counter-culture rewrites history the future citizens will not know we were once the land of opportunity where hard work and a strong moral fiber actually meant something.

  9. 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

  10. BillBill
    May 18, 2021 13:47 GMT

    Don is a racist

    1. DS StoneDS Stone
      May 23, 2021 16:04 GMT

      Lemon potentially is not a racist but an enabler and smut peddler for CNN. Cuomo is even worse. I would say fire them both but CNN deserves them and two there is no more a middle ground thanks to the Fake News including FOX.

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