Sunday Show Ratings: Dec. 9

By A.J. Katz 

Meet the Press’ winning streak in the ratings continued on Dec. 9

The Chuck Todd-moderated NBC Sunday show ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive week across all relevant audience measurements, including total audience, drawing 3.54 million total viewers, which is +26 more than ABC and +6 percent more than CBS.

The broadcast drew 914,000 A25-54, outperforming the Sunday competition in that demo for the 45th consecutive broadcast.

Season-to-date, MTP is the No. 1 most-watched Sunday show across the board, delivering its best total viewer lead over ABC in seven seasons (since 2011-12) and CBS in eight seasons (since 2010-11).

Not everything was positive for Meet the Press on the ratings front. The program continues to post audience losses vs. the comparable Sunday last year. This past week, the broadcast was -5 percent in total viewers and -7 percent in A25-54 viewers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan remained in second place across the board. On Dec. 9, the broadcast was -8 percent in total viewers, but just -1 percent in the key A25-54 demo vs. the comparable Sunday telecast last year.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos also saw its ratings fall vs. the comparable Sunday in 2017. The program was -4 percent in total viewers and -14 percent in the A25-54.

Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace was -9 percent in total viewers and -15 percent in A25-54 viewers vs. the comparable telecast last year on Fox broadcasting. The trio of cable replays on Dec. 9 delivered 1.76 million viewers and 226,000 A25-54 viewers. Altogether, that’s 3.23 million total viewers and 647,000 A25-54 viewerrs.

The numbers for December 9:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3,543,000  914,000
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3,338,000  814,000
This Week  2,801,000  629,000
FOX Fox News Sunday  1,474,000  421,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 12/9/18, and 12/10/17. Averages based on regular telecasts.