Sunday Show Ratings: August 18

By Merrill Knox Comment

After dipping to its lowest demo ratings in 21 years last week, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was back on top August 18. ABC’s “This Week” was second in both ratings measurements, with just 3,000 viewers separating the two shows in the A25-54 demographic.

CBS’ “Face the Nation,” which remains unavailable to Time Warner Cable viewers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other markets, was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, only “This Week” is showing growth. The ABC public affairs show is up +6% in Total Viewers and flat in the A24-54 demographic. “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “Fox News Sunday” and “Al Punto” are all down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,745,000 Total Viewers and 311,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 960,000 Total Viewers and 460,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 66% of the country.

The numbers for August 18:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Meet the Press” 2.46M 657K
“This Week” 2.29M 654K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.21M 623K
Fox “Fox News Sunday” 889K 308K
Univision “Al Punto” 680K 268K