ABC’s This Week Picks Up First Season Demo Win Since ’93-94

By Brian Flood 

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos was the top-rated Sunday public affairs program among the key A25-54 demo for the 2014-15 season. It’s This Week’s first demo victory in 21 years – since the 1993-94 season. CBS’s Face the Nation, moderated for the first part of the season by Bob Schieffer and the second by John Dickerson won the season in total viewers. This was FTN’s strongest season among total viewers since the advent of people meters (at least the 1987-1988 television year). FTN follows CBS Sunday Morning in most markets. That show just finished its best season on record as well.

NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd finished second in total viewers and third in the demo for the 2014-15 season. But MTP has beaten This Week in total viewers for nine consecutive weeks.

The numbers for 2014-15 Season:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.30M 851,000
NBC Meet the Press 2.85M 814,000
ABC This Week 2.84M 878,000
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.30M  400,000
UNIV Al Punto*

The numbers for September 20:

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace combined with cable replays for 3.19 million viewers on September 20. Replays on FNC averaged a combined 1.88 million total viewers and 329,000 in the demo.

Face the Nation is based on the first half-hour only for September 20, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 57.4% of the country.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.19M 756,000
NBC Meet the Press 2.94M 832,000
ABC This Week 2.89M 878,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.30M 353,000
UNIV Al Punto  817,000  287,000

*Al Punto numbers will be added as they become available