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GenreNews program
Current affairs
Inspired byLarry King Live
Presented byAshleigh Banfield
Theme music composerStephen Arnold Music
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes83 (list of episodes)
Production locationsChicago, Illinois (Nexstar)
Running time60 minutes
Production companyNexstar Media Group
Original networkNewsNation
Original releaseMarch 1, 2021 (2021-03-01) –
present (present)

Banfield is a nightly American television news program on NewsNation, which premiered on March 1, 2021.[1] The hourlong program hosted by Ashleigh Banfield is inspired by Larry King Live. The program airs weekdays at 10 p.m. ET and re-airs at 2 a.m. ET with rebroadcasts on the weekend.


Banfield stated that Banfield would generally focus on one guest for an hour and focus on having a "conversation" without interrogatory questions. The original first guest was to be Larry King until he died.[2] At interviews prior to launch, Banfield said that she would attempt to seek out "thought leaders" from all over the political spectrum[3] and promised "fact-based, unbiased journalism" that would prioritize the "health of the viewer."[4] The first week of guests included Aaron Sorkin, Bryan Cranston, Robin Wright, and Keith Olbermann.[5] However, other shows may have multiple guests depending on items in the news.[6] The program is broadcast from a studio in Connecticut.[7]


Main article: List of Banfield episodes


Despite promotion on the over 100 Nexstar Media Group stations as well as on NewsNation, ratings for Banfield have been low. The premiere episode with Aaron Sorkin had 17,000 viewers with 5,000 in the 25-54 demographic prized by advertisers. This was 38% fewer viewers and 50% fewer viewers in the 25-54 age group than the hour of NewsNation Prime it replaced.[8]


  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 5, 2021). "Ashleigh Banfield to Host Nightly Talk Show for WGN America (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  2. ^ "How the Late Larry King Is Inspiring Ashleigh Banfield". Extra. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ashleigh Banfield Bets Big on 'Unbiased' News, But Can Airing 'All Sides' Succeed in an Era of Polarized Facts?". Mediaite. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  4. ^ "Ashleigh Banfield Says NewsNation Show Will Offset 'Echo Chambers'". TheWrap. March 1, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Ashleigh Banfield promises talk show, not a shout show". WGNO. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "Royal insiders react to Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview". NewsNation Now. March 9, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "'Banfield' brings unique colors, cityscape to NewsNation". NewscastStudio. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  8. ^ "Ashleigh Banfield's NewsNation Debut Draws Just 17,000 Viewers". TheWrap. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.