MSNBC has canceled Finney’s political talk show, Disrupt With Karen Finney, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The show aired at 4 p.m. ET on Saturdays and Sundays.
In a statement, the network said: “Disrupt With Karen Finney has ended its yearlong run on MSNBC weekends. Our thanks to Karen and her team for their great work. Finney will remain with MSNBC as a contributor.”The former spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee was selected as a weekend host for the network in April 2013. She had been a contributor for several years.Sunday, June 1, was the final air date for the program. The show never caught on and failed to pull in ratings.
“Last November, Disrupt posted an A25-54 demo of just 14,000 viewers for one of its Sunday airings, and since then, has regularly finished fourth in its timeslot in both total and demo viewers,” reports TVNewser.
It’s not that Finney didn’t have the political chops. She’s worked on four campaigns and was deputy press secretary for Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency. She also worked on Hillary Clinton’s first Senate race and later became the first African-American spokeswoman for the DNC. If we had to take a guess, we’d say that a political news show on a Saturday afternoon when people are out and about, and on Sunday long after people have gotten their fill from Face The Nation and Meet the Press is simply a hard sell.
Disrupt was the second weekend MSNBC program with a black host, following Melissa Harris-Perry.
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