Lemon’s ‘CNN This Morning’ Debuts To Dismal Ratings

Don Lemon

At a glance

  • CNN replaced its long-struggling morning show “New Day” with a heavily promoted program centered around left-wing host Don Lemon, but viewership issues remained the same.
  • The launch of “CNN This Morning” attracted only 387,000 total viewers on Tuesday, when the ensemble morning program featuring Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins officially replaced “New Day.” By comparison, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” managed 793,000 viewers and “FOX & Friends” averaged 1.5 million on the same morning.
  • “New Day,” infamous in media circles for its inability to attract large audiences, averaged 413,000 daily viewers in 2022 before it was canceled – a larger audience than “CNN This Morning” was able to muster in its debut.

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