Sunday Show Ratings: December 17

By A.J. Katz 

Each of the English language Sunday shows posted audience losses vs. the comparable Sunday last year (Dec. 18, 2016).

NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd won the Sunday show race across-the-board for the third consecutive week. The Dec. 17 victory marks MTP’s best Sunday show winning streak in total viewers since April 2017. Week-over-week, the program improved its advance over both CBS and ABC.

But not all was great for MTP. This past week’s broadcast was -4 percent in total viewers and -4 percent in the demo versus last year.

CBS’s Face the Nation with John Dickerson remained No. 2 in total viewers, and No. 3 in the key A25-54 demo this past Sunday. The year-over-year declines were severe: -17 percent in total viewers, and -17 percent in the demo.

Nevertheless, FTN remains the most-watched Sunday political program of the TV season to-date.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos ranked No. 3 in total viewers, and No. 2 in the demo this past week. The broadcast delivered the series’ second-largest audience of the broadcast season, and a six-week high.

There was a year-over-year decline of -10 percent in total viewers, and -6 percent in the A25-54 demo.

Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace had a rough week relative to last year, -19 percent in total viewers, and -17 percent in the demo. The trio of cable replays (2 p.m., 10 p.m., 2 a.m.) delivered a combined 2.32 million viewers with 447,000 from the demo. Combined with the original Fox broadcast, the Dec. 17 edition of FNS hauled in 3.78 million total viewers and 905,000 demo viewers.

Editor’s Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 59.8% of the CBS affiliates.

The numbers for December 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.525 M
967 k
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3.418 M 792 k
ABC This Week   3.050 M 860 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.453 M 458 k
UNI Al Punto  n/a n/a

*Al Punto ratings will be added when made available.