CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” fell behind ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” in 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:
||“Face the Nation”||3.13M||881,000|
|NBC||“Meet the Press”||2.87M||888,000|
|FOX||“Fox News Sunday”||1.46M||448,000|