Sunday Show Ratings: January 15

By A.J. Katz 

Sunday-AM-Anchors_061015_640CBS’s Face the Nation moderated by John Dickerson was the top Sunday public affairs show of the day in total viewers, while Meet the Press with Chuck Todd took the top spot among viewers from the key A25-54 demo.

Face The Nation grew +2 percent in total viewers, but was -3 percent in the news demo compared to the same Sunday in 2016.

Despite the hyped exclusive interview with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), in which said he doesn’t see President-elect Trump as the legitimate winner, MTP was -1 percent in total viewers, and -13 percent in the news demo from same Sunday last year. MTP continues to win the Washington, D.C. market, winning its 81st broadcast as the most-watched Sunday public affairs program.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos was -1 percent in total viewers, and -11 percent in the news demo this past Sunday versus the same broadcast last year.

One shouldn’t be surprised to start consistently seeing a year-over-year decline in A25-54 viewers as we move further away from the election.

Fox News Sunday went against the grain. The program grew +5 percent in total viewers and +1 percent in the demo from the comparable episode last year. The episode’s trio of cable replays delivered over 3 million viewers and 669,000 viewers at 2 p.m., 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. Altogether, FNS brought in a combined 4.9 million total viewers and 1.2 million from the demo on Jan. 15.

Univision’s Al Punto continues to out-perform Fox News Sunday this season among adults 18-34, and is delivering year-over-year growth this season to-date in total viewers, adults 18-34, adults 18-49, and adults 25-54.

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

The numbers for January 15, 2017:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation  4.07 M 983,000
NBC Meet the Press  3.89 M 1.04 M
ABC This Week  3.41 M 895,000
FOX Fox News Sunday   1.79 M 506,000
UNIV Al Punto  828,000  376,000