Reflects Show’s Dedication to Giving a Platform for Black News and Views for More Than a Decade
New York, NY (August 2, 2023) – PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton, the long-running MSNBC show hosted by the civil rights leader, had the highest concentration of Black viewers in cable news for July 2023, according to new Nielsen data compared to the same time a year ago. The strong performance is part of MSNBC’s 30-month run as the #1 cable news channel among Black viewers and the #2 overall cable network after BET.
“PoliticsNation has been the town square for Black America for more than a decade, as we have welcomed everyone from Presidents to preachers,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN) and Host of PoliticsNation. “I am especially proud that we have given a platform to the families of the countless victims of police brutality, so the nation can hear their stories. Black Americans feel they can turn to this show every Saturday to get the pulse on the issues that impact their lives. I want to thank MSNBC, Rashida Jones, and her predecessor Phil Griffin for their support of PoliticsNation since 2011.”
The Neilsen data released by NBCUniversal this week found Black Americans accounted for 41% of PoliticsNation viewers, the highest concentration on cable news. MSNBC launched in August 2011 and has since remained a fixture on cable news. Rev. Sharpton hosted President Obama in one of his first interviews after the 2016 election, and welcomed then-Vice President Joe Biden not long after securing the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.