Sunday Show Ratings: December 3

By A.J. Katz Comment

Meet the Press returned to its winning ways, defeating its Sunday show rivals across all categories on December 3.

MTP’s 3.57 million total viewer delivery is No. 1 overall, +1 percent versus the comparable Sunday last year (12/4/16), and represents the Chuck Todd-anchored program’s largest margin of victory over CBS since August 13.

Despite finishing No. 1 in the key A25-54 demo as well, MTP but was -6 percent in the category versus last year.

CBS’s Face the Nation with John Dickerson slipped to second place in total viewers, and finished third in the key A25-54 demo.

The broadcast was -5 percent in total viewers, and -9 percent in the demo relative to last year.

Nevertheless, Face the Nation remains the most-watched Sunday politics program of the season to-date.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos took third place in total viewers, and second in the key A25-54 measurement. The program’s 3.02 million total viewer delivery represented its second-largest total audience of the broadcast season. Its 783,000 adults 25-54 total is more than Face the Nation’s demo delivery. In fact, This Week has out-performed its CBS rival in the demo for 6 of the past 7 weeks.

But this past Sunday broadcast was down from the previous year’s, -6 percent in total viewers and -11 percent among adults 25-54

Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace posted double digit audience declines versus the same Sunday in 2017, -14 percent in total viewers and -17 percent in the demo. The trio of cable replays delivered a combined 2.45 million total viewers and 455,000 demo viewers. Combined with the original Fox network broadcast, the Dec. 3 edition of Fox News Sunday delivered 3.94 million total viewers and 927,000 demo viewers.

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

The numbers for December 3:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.568 M
1.015 M
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3.421 M 702 k
ABC This Week   3.019 M 783 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.485 M 472 k
UNI Al Punto  n/a n/a

*Al Punto ratings will be added when made available.