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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
May 202222131,00038537,000-9%+310%
Apr 202240592,000-16%
Mar 202223202,00038704,000+1%+249%
Feb 202234698,000+44%
Jan 202230109,000-20%40486,000-10%+346%
Nov 202129136,000+9%40539,000+2%+296%
Oct 202129125,000-29%39528,000-20%+322%
Sep 202119176,00037664,000-2%+277%
Aug 202121176,000+2%39679,000+5%+286%
Jul 202122172,000+2%39646,000+2%+276%
Jun 202124168,000-19%36632,000-16%+276%
May 202116208,000-24%34753,000-16%+262%
Apr 202115275,00039895,000+225%

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Comments (432)

  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. 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.

  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. ErinErin
      Sep 17, 2021 10:01 GMT

      You mean Smelly Penis & Dickhead???
      "WHAT A TEAM!!!!"
      Outrageous Demented Perverted Idiots that
      They represent & defend the Democratic party & profess to deliver the truth every night on CNN. It's truly sickening!

  4. 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.

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

    Lemon is a racist toward conservatives. He is disgusting.

    1. AmberAmber
      Sep 2, 2021 16:36 GMT

      He's definitely racist and narrow-minded to the point of crippling himself. I'd love to hear his definition of a conservative. I'd love for him to tell ME, as a conservative, what I believe that is so egregious, and then shut. the. eff. up. and let me tell him how intellect and rationale actually work and what life can be like when you stop following your emotions all over the map and actually have ethics and morals that apply to life. Vapid, self-absorbed and arrogant. It's almost like the universe was telling us something when he was named...

  6. 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

  7. LouLou
    Sep 13, 2021 20:27 GMT

    Don Lemon is the most obnoxious, disgraceful, human being on earth. He is so arrogant he has no idea how much he is hated . So ironic like Twitter Donald trump is what made them popular. Lemon should get on his knees and pray every night that Trump wins in 2024 . So his awful ratings go up a little. The best thing about Lemon’s show is every night after 10 seconds I say Byyyye Donny you Loser and change the channel to Laura .

    1. Maurice ArissoMaurice Arisso
      Sep 29, 2021 03:18 GMT

      Where did all the inbred hicks that can barely count to 10 come from? I can’t stop laughing. Stop fuking your sister and pick ups book sht kickers. No wonder all you foaming at the mouth. Please remind me who was the winner and who is your current president ?

  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.

    1. Linette HawkinsLinette Hawkins
      Jun 7, 2021 17:45 GMT

      Don't watch!

  9. RobRob
    Sep 1, 2021 02:34 GMT

    Sometimes I flip over to CNN to check out what they have to say about how terrible Biden is doing on everything he has done, Or the deaths in Chicago etc. Cuomo & Lemon both are only talking about Covid, Jan. 6, or some other trivial subject. Their take on anything sounds like they know nothing about anything that’s going on in America! They spin what is a fact into some stupid scenarios that even I know isn’t the truth! They must get paid to lie and look like 2 uneducated dummies, to make facial expressions that make you want to turn the channel?

    1. JerryJerry
      Sep 1, 2021 21:58 GMT

      So True Rob!!!!! I can't watch CNN anymore due to it becoming a political propaganda only show. On a side note, can't they find some less arrogant, smart people?

  10. 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. AnilAnil
      Feb 24, 2021 03:12 GMT

      Am disgusted by his facial expressions.

      Fake news peddler.

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