Sunday Show Ratings: February 26 and February Sweeps

By A.J. Katz 

Sunday-AM-Anchors_061015_640After a lengthy run atop the Sunday show heap, Meet the Press’ “across-the-board” dominance came to an end this past Sunday.

CBS’ Face the Nation with John Dickerson was the most-watched Sunday show on February 26, and grew +3 percent in total audience versus the same Sunday last year. That said, FTN finished No. 3 in the key news demo, experiencing a -15 percent year-over-year drop in the process.

NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd finished a close 2nd in total audience, but maintained the No. 1 spot among viewers 25-54. MTP experienced a rare year-over-year decline, -4 percent in total viewers and -2 percent in the key news demo. An additional 1.5 million total viewers and 402,000 A25-54 viewers watched the program through rebroadcasts on MSNBC.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos came in 3rd in total viewers, but 2nd in the key A25-54 demo. The episode was -1 percent in total viewers and -10 percent in the demo relative to last year. That said, the program did manage a 4-week viewership high and is averaging its largest overall audience in 18 years.

Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace on FOX posted a -2 percent total audience decline from the same Sunday in 2016, but rose +1 percent in the news demo. The program’s trio of cable replays delivered 2.73 million total viewers and 561,000 A25-54 viewers at 2 p.m., 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. Altogether FNS delivered 4.29 million total viewers and 1.02 million from the demo.

Editor’s note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 80.6 percent of the CBS affiliates.

The numbers for February 26:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.646M 1.128M
CBS Face the Nation 3.694M 813,000
ABC This Week 3.316M 948,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.560M 461,000
UNIV Al Punto 876,000 399,000

Meet the Press won February 2017 sweeps in all relevant categories. This represents MTP’s first February sweep across-the-board win since 2014. The program also posted its largest February sweep audience in 9 years (2008).

This Week ranked No. 3 in total viewers during February 2017 sweeps, but beat Face the Nation in the key news demo by +873,000 viewers, its largest margin of victory in the demo since February 2000.

The numbers for February 2017 Sweeps:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 4.087M 1.246M
CBS Face the Nation 3.740M 873,000
ABC This Week 3.357M 909,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.682M 507,000
UNIV Al Punto *na *na

*Al Punto ratings will be added when made available.