Face the Nation Has Best February In 25 Years; This Week’s Best In 15; Meet the Press Since Tim Russert Was Host

By Chris Ariens 

As the historic 2016 presidential campaign continues to play out on TV, the Sunday public affairs shows are seeing huuuuge ratings.

CBS’s Face the Nation with John Dickerson, the most-watched Sunday show, had its best February since 1991. This Week with George Stephanopoulos┬áhad its best sweep since November 2000 and best in the demo since November 2008. Meanwhile, NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, which won the month in the A25-54 demo, had its best February since 2008, when the late Tim Russert was the moderator. MTP also showed the most growth vs. Feb. 2015: up +24 percent in viewers and up +23 percent in the demo.

Last Sunday, two days before Super Tuesday, more than 13 million viewers tuned in to the 5 Sunday shows. CBS drew the most viewers, while NBC won the demo.

Cable replays of Fox News Sunday on FNC averaged a combined 2,898,000 viewers and 618,000 in the demo.

Face the Nation is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 77.65 percent of the country.

The numbers for February 28:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.855M 1.025M
NBC Meet the Press 3.813M 1.154M
ABC This Week 3.347M 1.008M
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.593M 502,000
UNIV Al Punto 900,000 458,000