Credibility of NBC in the U.S. 2020

A survey held in April 2020 revealed that 21 percent of American voters viewed NBC as a very credible source of news and information, while an additional 38 percent found the network to be somewhat credible. Conversely, around 12 percent of voters had major reservations about the network’s credibility, rating it as “not at all credible”.


The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is the one of the oldest and most popular broadcasting networks in the United States. Operating as a subsidiary of telecom giant Comcast, NBC’s broadcast television segment brought in around 32 billion dollars in revenue in 2018. Some of the network's most popular recent programs are ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘The Voice’, and ‘This Is Us’, each of which gathered millions of viewers over the course of the 2018/19 season. NBC operates the news telecast entitled ‘NBC Nightly News’ as well as the cable news network MSNBC.

Perceptions of the network

Increasing political tension in the U.S. has meant that television networks have found it difficult to continue to situate themselves at the center of the American political spectrum. Over half of American voters considered the network to be at least somewhat liberal leaning, while only eight percent believed it to be truly partisan. Data also shows that a significant portion of Americans viewed NBC News as extremely biased, but it is unclear how heavily this response relies upon political affiliation.

Credibility of NBC in the United States as of April 2020

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

April 16 to 18, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

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