Sunday Show Ratings: January 8

By A.J. Katz Comment

Sunday-AM-Anchors_061015_640ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos was the No. 1 Sunday public affairs program on January 8 in all relevant viewer categories. The broadcast featured the a taped interview with President Barack Obama as he prepares to leave the White House in fewer than 2 weeks. This Week grew +28 percent in total viewers and +15 percent in the all-important A25-54 demo compared to the same Sunday telecast in 2016 (Jan. 10). The interview with the president gave This Week its largest overall audience in 8 years and its best performance in the demo in nearly 2 years.

NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd finished No. 2, both in total viewers and in the key news demo. Despite tough competition from This Week’s Obama episode, MTP still managed to grow +6 percent in total viewers and +2 percent in the demo relative to the same Sunday last year.

CBS’ Face the Nation posted year-over-year declines this past Sunday, -8 percent in total viewers and -19 percent in the news demo. Considering MTP’s year-over-year growth, perhaps the unique episode of This Week drew many viewers who generally watch Face the Nation.

Fox News Sunday posted year-over-year growth in total viewers (+3 percent), but was -6 percent in the news demo. FNS’ trio of cable replays, 2 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. ET and 2 a.m. ET, delivered 2.96 million total viewers while 708,000 hailing from the demo. Altogether, the Jan. 8 episode hauled in close to 4.7 million total viewers and 2 million from the demo.

Univision’s Al Punto out-performed Fox News Sunday among millennials this past Sunday, while also surpassing it in the current 2016-2017 season with a strong audience advantage of +15 percent in that demo.

Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 59.8 percent of the CBS affiliates.

The numbers for January 8, 2017:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation  3.94 M 934,000
NBC Meet the Press  4.07 M 1.18 M
ABC This Week  4.31 M 1.21 M
FOX Fox News Sunday   1.69 M 491,000
UNIV Al Punto  831,000  404,000