A former aide to President Joe Biden tried to make the jump to MSNBC and her show debuted with embarrassingly low ratings.
Symone Sanders worked as a spokesperson for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his 2016 presidential campaign and later joined the Biden campaign as a senior advisor.
Her show entitled “Symone” premiered on MSNBC on Saturday at 4 p.m., but very few people saw it.
The show garnered only 361,000 total viewers, a dismal number, according to Nielsen ratings. By comparison, the Fox News show in the same time slot garnered 842,000 total viewers.
“I’m a bald, curvy, Black woman from North Omaha, Nebraska, with a bedazzled nail, and I like a bold lip — and that’s what I’m going to continue to be,” said Sanders in an interview about the show.
The show also garnered a pitiful 29,000 viewers in the 25-54 year old demographic coveted by advertisers.
Her first show featured an interview with first lady Jill Biden.
In an interview with The Hill, Sanders said she would not use her show to simply defend the Biden administration.
“I’m going to be honest, and sometimes the honesty means that what I have to say is not what the administration would have to say,” Sanders explained. “And that’s fine because it’s my show.”
Sanders made headlines in Feb. 2020 during the presidential election when she got into a shouting match with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar over then-candidate Biden’s poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. She also went viral two months later when she tackled a protester who stormed the stage where Biden was celebrating his victories in the Super Tuesday primary elections.
She also worked as a spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris before announcing her departure in Dec. 2021.
Here’s more about the dismal Sanders ratings:
Ex-Biden aide Symone Sanders’ MSNBC debut is a ratings flop | New York Post