Each of the Sunday public affairs shows were re-titled this past Sunday due to the Easter Holiday, meaning the viewing figures will not count towards program averages for the quarter or for the season.
NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd slipped to No. 2 for the week in total viewers, but remained first in the A25-54 demo. MTP posted a decline of -5 percent in total viewers and was even in the news demo relative to its April 17, 2016 showing. Nevertheless, NBC’s Sunday public affairs show is sitting in the No. 1 spot in the key categories this calendar year.
CBS’s Face the Nation with John Dickerson earned a No. 1 ranking in total viewers this past week, and held steady in the category versus the comparable Sunday in 2016. The program stumbled to a third place finish in the key news demo, -18 percent year-over-year.
ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos ranked No. 3 in total viewers, and No. 2 in the news demo this past week. The program is drawing its largest overall audience in 18 years– since the 1998-99 season.
Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace had a strong showing relative to the comparable Sunday in 2016. FNS was +6 percent in total viewers and +16 percent in the news demo. The trio of cable replays delivered 2.81 million total viewers and 745,000 adults 25-54 for the 2 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET airings. Altogether, FNS posted 4.41 million total viewers and 1.26 million from the demo on April 16.
Univision’s Al Punto hosted by Jorge Ramos posted +18 percent growth in total viewers, and +13 percent growth among adults 25-54 from the comparable Sunday in 2016. Also, the program continues to out-perform CBS and FOX among millennials.
Editor’s Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 80.6 percent of the CBS affiliates.
The numbers for April 16:
|NBC||Meet the Press||3.244M||949,000|
|CBS||Face the Nation||3.350M||728,000|
|FOX||Fox News Sunday||1.599M||516,000|