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NBC’s Meet the Press continued its winning streak this past week, averaging roughly 3.1 million total viewers and 747,000 A25-54 demo viewers.
Hosted by Chuck Todd, the No. 1 Sunday of the broadcast season to-date topped main rivals CBS’ Face the Nation by +6% in Total Viewers (+174,000) and ABC’s This Week by +18% (+482,000). When it came to the Adults 25-54 set, MTP beat Face the Nation by +24% (+145,000), and earned a win over This Week (+29% – +167,000).
An additional 883,000 total viewers and 174,000 A25-54 viewers watched the Sunday program through rebroadcasts on NBC and MSNBC.
Face the Nation bounced back this past Sunday after a significant loss to its ABC counterpart the prior Sunday. The Margaret Brennan-led program took second place, both in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 after finishing in 3rd across the board on Feb. 9. Face the Nation is the second-most-watched Sunday public affairs show, season to-date.
ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos took 3rd place across the board, but is No. 2 in the A25-54 demo season to-date. In fact, it’s leading FTN in the demo at this point of the broadcast season for the 4th time in the last 5 seasons.
The Fox broadcast version of News Sunday with Chris Wallace delivered 1.26 million total viewers and 356,000 A25-54 viewers. The cable replays delivered 3 million viewers and 443,000 demo viewers. Althoer, that’s roughly 4.3 million viewers and 799,000 demo viewers on Feb. 9.
FNS pre-empted in Birmingham, Ala., and San Francisco markets.
All in all, numbers were poor compared to the same Sunday 1 year ago. Fox News Sunday was -25% in Total Viewers, and -19% in Adults 25-54. Wallace had Rush Limbaugh as a guest that week, a booking which undoubtedly boosted the show’s numbers.
ABC’s This Week was -15% in Total Viewers and -22% in Adults 25-54. CBS’ Face the Nation was -12% in Total Viewers and -21% in Adults 25-54, while top-ranked NBC’s Meet the Press was still -18% in Total Viewers and -24% in Adults 25-54 from last year.
The Nielsen numbers for Feb. 16 2020:
|NBC||Meet the Press||3,142,000||747,000|
|CBS||Face the Nation (1/2 hr)||2,968,000||602,000|
|FOX||Fox News Sunday||1,260,000||356,000|
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 2/16/20, and 2/17/19 or as dated. Most Current: 2019 -2020 Season (9/23/19 – 2/16/20) and 2018 -2019 Season (9/24/19 – 2/17/19). Averages based on regular telecasts.