CNN Tonight

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CNN Tonight
CNN Tonight logo.png
GenreOpinion/Current Affairs Program
Presented byDon Lemon
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)30 Hudson Yards
New York City
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time120 minutes
Original networkCNN
Picture format480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release1985
2009 – 2010
2014 –
present (revived)
Related showsCNN Today
Erin Burnett Outfront
Anderson Cooper 360°
Cuomo Primetime
External links

CNN Tonight, currently branded on-air as CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, is a late evening news/opinion program airing on CNN and CNN International, presented by CNN journalist and news anchor, Don Lemon.

The show currently airs weeknights live from 10:00 pm to midnight ET, with a replay from 2:00 am to 4:00 am ET, from Time Warner Center in New York City or CNN's studios in Washington, D.C.

Original series[edit]

A program of the same name aired on CNN in the spring of 1985, as a replacement for Sandi Freeman until Larry King Live premiered. Another program of the same name debuted in 2001 with Bill Hemmer as anchor, but it was cancelled the same year.[1]

Another program was then debuted on November 16, 2009, and was hosted by a rotating series of anchors as an interim replacement for Lou Dobbs Tonight following Lou Dobbs' resignation from the network on November 11, 2009.[2][3] The program featured reporters who filed reports for Lou Dobbs' program, including Dana Bash, Candy Crowley, and Kitty Pilgrim. It was discontinued after January 15, 2010, due to a scheduling shift which occurred the following Monday, extending Rick Sanchez's hour during the CNN Newsroom block into a two-hour program known as Rick's List, which pushed The Situation Room up an hour into Lou Dobbs' former timeslot. On March 22, 2010, the final hour of The Situation Room was replaced by John King, USA, the official replacement for Lou Dobbs Tonight.[4][5]


In April 2014, the program was revived as a replacement for Piers Morgan Live amid a new primetime schedule with more taped content.[6] The show first began in March 2014 when CNN president Jeff Zucker called Don Lemon to ask him to present a nightly one-hour program at 10 p.m. ET to discuss theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.[7]


  1. ^ Brian (July 19, 2005). "After Ten Years At CNN, Bill Hemmer Joins Fox News As Anchor & Correspondent". TVNewser. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (November 12, 2009). "Update: John King to Replace Lou Dobbs; Focus Will Be on Political News". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian; Carter, Bill (November 11, 2009). "Lou Dobbs Abruptly Quits CNN". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Preston, Mark (March 5, 2010). "CNN's newest show: 'John King, USA'". CNN Blogs: Political Ticker. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 13, 2012). "CNN Is Ending John King's Political Show". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Carter, Bill (April 10, 2014). "CNN to Show Documentaries in 9 P.M. Time Slot". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (April 20, 2015). "Anchorman: The Legend of Don Lemon". GQ. Retrieved June 11, 2018.

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