Sunday Show Ratings: August 20

By A.J. Katz 

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NBC’s Meet The Press with Chuck Todd was the No. 1 Sunday political show on August 20th across the key categories, including total viewers.

In addition to a victory in total viewers, Meet the Press has now won the key A25-54 demo on 8 consecutive Sundays, topping its competition by double digits.

Season to-date, Meet the Press is the No. 1 Sunday show across the board, delivering its largest audience growth compared to last season: +2 percent in total viewers and +7 percent in the key demo.

MTP  was pre-empted on the comparable Sunday in 2016 due to NBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics.

CBS’s Face the Nation moderated by John Dickerson finished No. 2 in total viewers and No. 3 in the key A25-54 demographic. The program posted +1 percent total viewer growth, and held steady in the demo versus the same Sunday in 2016 (Aug. 21).

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos ranked No. 3 in total viewers, and No. 2 in the key demo. This past week’s episode was -7 percent in total viewers and -9 percent in the news demo from the same Sunday last year. This Week has defeated Face the Nation in A25-54 three straight weeks and 7 of the past 8.

Bill Hemmer filled in for Chris Wallace as anchor for the Aug. 20 edition of Fox News Sunday. The program was -10 percent in total viewers and -2 percent among adults 25-54 from the same Sunday in 2016.

Shannon Bream filled in for Wallace on that Sunday.

Combined with the trio of cable replays, the Aug. 20 edition of FNS posted a total of 3.77 million total viewers and 958,000 adults 25-54.

Al Punto hosted by Jorge Ramos posted year-over-year audience growth this past Sunday, both in total audience (+14 percent) and in the key A25-54 demo (+ 2 percent). Al Punto also delivered more adults 18-34 than Fox News Sunday.

The numbers for August 20:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.274 M 942k
CBS Face the Nation  3.186 M 762k
ABC This Week  2.803 M 836k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.174 M 361k
UNIV Al Punto  711k 302k