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The Lead with Jake Tapper is a weekday late afternoon newscast program broadcast on CNN in the United States, and simulcast around the world by CNN International. The early evening show, which airs live at 4-5PM/ET from the network's studios in Washington D.C., covers the day's top stories from around the country and the globe with topics ranging from breaking news in politics and world events, to politics, money, sports, tech, health, and popular culture. Since its debut in March 2013, The Lead has worked to ensure that viewers are caught up-to-date on the headlines that matter, often highlighting news stories that may have been overlooked.

The Lead is hosted by the award-winning CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper, who joined the network in January 2013. Tapper also anchors CNN's Sunday morning show State of the Union, since June 2015. A widely-respected reporter in the nation's capital, Tapper lent his political expertise to CNN's 2016 election coverage and moderated two Presidential Primary debates. His reporting has been recognized with awards, including the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Los Angeles Press Club's Presidents Award for Impact on Media, and The Canadian Journalism Foundation's Tribute to Exemplary Journalism.

The Lead with Jake Tapper Ratings Chart

Ratings chart for The Lead with Jake Tapper show on CNN

Jake Tapper Ratings: With The Lead, Tapper delivered the highest rating for his show on CNN in the first quarter of 2020, when it was adjudged the most-watched program on the entire network for that period by Nielsen Ratings. This is most remarkable considering the 4pm time slot is not the busiest and falls outside the primetime zone. In 2017, Bill O'Reilly criticized Tapper's ratings by tweeting: "Sean Hannity kicking serious butt in the ratings. Tapper on CNN as low as you can go." The Lead, however, has consistently ranked among the most highly-rated shows on CNN.

The Lead with Jake Tapper Historical Ratings

DateDemo A25-54Demo P2+P2+ Gain
RankAudienceChangeRankAudienceChange
Sep 202120167,000-16%27791,000-12%+374%
Aug 202119199,000+20%24902,000+13%+353%
Jul 202125166,000+69%31795,000+45%+379%
Jun 20213298,000-50%37548,000-34%+459%
May 202119197,000-45%27826,000-39%+319%
Apr 20216359,000+41%171,344,000+13%+274%
Mar 202112255,000-27%201,193,000-24%+368%
Feb 202113347,000-51%181,578,000-44%+355%
Jan 20217703,000+79%102,794,000+75%+297%
Dec 202014392,600-16%241,600,200-20%+308%
Nov 202019469,000+20%232,001,000+18%+327%
Oct 202020390,000271,689,000+333%

CNN Top Programs

RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1Anderson Cooper 360°2958,0009
2Cuomo Prime Time1906,0003
3Erin Burnett Outfront1799,0002
4The Lead with Jake Tapper2791,00012
5At This Hour746,0003
6CNN Newsroom718,0007
7The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer1707,0003
8Inside Politics1685,00010
9Don Lemon Tonight664,0002
10New Day446,0002
11CNN Newsroom Live272,0003
12Early Start253,0002

Comments (13)

  1. Frank RichFrank Rich
    Sep 29, 2021 21:31 GMT

    Keep having Kasie Hunt on your show. She knows more about politics and can articulate it extremely well....not like Tucker who absorbed Bill Reilly's audience!!

  2. SteveSteve
    Jul 12, 2021 03:07 GMT

    Down 34% this week there, Fake. That sad sack negative reporting style is wearing thin for the audience Fake Tapper, not to mention your liberal advertising sponsors…..not exactly getting their monies worth.

  3. Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
    May 21, 2021 04:01 GMT

    Hah. Rookie Numbers.

    1. The FiveThe Five
      May 31, 2021 00:46 GMT

      I am ashamed that I share the same time slot with a tanking show

  4. J diggityJ diggity
    Aug 11, 2021 13:28 GMT

    All these numbers are 6 figures. Are these community run stations?

    1. SteveSteve
      Aug 13, 2021 14:54 GMT

      Jake will tell you he doesn't care about ratings - he only cares about "journalistic integrity"...

      ...not sure what's more laughable - his ratings or that statement! LOL!!!!

  5. The FiveThe Five
    May 31, 2021 00:51 GMT

    Ha. Rookie Numbers.

  6. Haynes DarlingtonHaynes Darlington
    Apr 28, 2021 17:47 GMT

    Will Jake Tapper's self adulation be his final demise?

  7. bdbd
    Jan 6, 2021 15:16 GMT

    mahn jake tapper's d best. his sarcasm is the best thing that happened to tv news. lol.
    - from india

  8. MarileeMarilee
    Jul 12, 2021 21:40 GMT

    I still prefer watching the news with Jake, than any other journalist. He always seems sincere.

  9. stan hrincevichstan hrincevich
    Jan 20, 2021 15:07 GMT

    Jake, you are catching the "umm" virus as shown in your broadcast with the inauguration, please be aware this is an annoying habit and very "bush league" and not typical in your presentations.

    1. SteveSteve
      Mar 4, 2021 15:42 GMT

      Fake Tapper has got to go....

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