Sunday Show Ratings: December 7

By Brian Flood 

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” fell behind ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulosin both total viewers the key A25-54 demo for the first time this season on Sunday, Dec. 7.

“This Week” saw increases in both categories compared to the same week last year, up +1% in viewers and +17% in the demo. “Face the Nation” was down -14% in viewers and -15% in the demo. “Meet the Press” also had substantial growth, up +20% in viewers and +18% in the demo from a year ago, to deliver the highest numbers since Chuck Todd took over in September.

“This Week” is leading NBC’s “Meet the Press” by its largest margins during a season in 18 years in viewers (+149,000) and in 22 years in the demo (+115,000)– since the 1996-97 and the 1992-93 seasons, respectively. Stephanopoulos spoke with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday’s episode.

“Fox News Sunday” was up slightly in viewers but down -6% in the demo, while combining with cable replays for 3.5 million viewers. Replays on FNC averaged a combined 2.030,000 total viewers and 388,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for December 7:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.13M 881,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.87M 888,000
“This Week” 3.14M 1.010M
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.46M 448,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 618,000 274,000