Sunday Show Ratings: December 10

By A.J. Katz Comment

It has been dominant in the demo for a while now, but Meet the Press with Chuck Todd also appears to be getting its mojo back in the total viewers category.

NBC’s Sunday public affairs show was the No. 1 Sunday show across-the-board for the second consecutive week.

Compared to the same week last year, MTP was -1 percent in total viewers and -8 percent in the demo, but the 3.7 million viewer count on Dec. 10 was the program’s largest total viewer audience in 35 weeks (since 4/2/2017). Todd had an exclusive with Sen. Bernie Sanders.

CBS’s Face the Nation with John Dickerson finished second in total viewers, and moved past ABC into second among adults 25-54. The broadcast was -10 percent in total viewers, and -16 percent in the demo from last year. Despite the declines, and another second place finish in total audience, FTN still holding on to its position as the most-watched Sunday politics program of the broadcast TV season to-date.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos had a down week relative to last year, -7 percent in total viewers and -17 percent in the demo.

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace was -29 percent in total viewers, but actually +3 percent in the news demo relative to last year. FNS was the only broadcast to deliver growth in the demo from last year.

Wallace sat down with Pres. Trump on that Sunday for his first cable news interview since becoming president-elect. Taking that into account, the year-over-year decline in total viewers isn’t shocking, but the growth in the demo is a bit of a surprise.

The program’s cable replays delivered a combined 2.63 million total viewers with 493 k from the demo. Combined with the original Fox broadcast, the Dec. 12 edition of FNS delivered 4.25 million total viewers and 1.03 million from the demo.


The numbers for December 10:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.710 M
981 k
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3.627 M 826 k
ABC This Week  2.930 M 730 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.619 M 493 k
UNI Al Punto  n/a n/a

*Al Punto ratings will be added when made available.