Sunday Show Ratings: July 26 and Sweeps

By Brian Flood 

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NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the top-rated Sunday public affairs program last Sunday, averaging 2.88 million viewers. It’s MTP’s first win since February 22 and biggest total viewer edge over CBS’ Face the Nation with John Dickerson since Todd’s debut back on September 7, 2014.

MTP featured interviews with presidential candidates John Kasich and Bernie Sanders. ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos won the key A25-54 demo for the ninth consecutive Sunday. However, the ABC show fell to third place in total viewers after winning the previous week.

Replays of Fox News Sunday on Fox News Channel averaged a combined 2.16 million total viewers and 408,000 in the demo.

Face the Nation is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 76.3% of the country.

The numbers for July 26:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC This Week 2.65M 863,000
CBS Face the Nation 2.77M 672,000
NBC Meet the Press 2.88M 824,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.27M 403,000
UNIV Al Punto  938,000  529,000

As for the July Sweeps, ABC’s This Week won the demo all four Sundays, resulting in its first Sweeps demo victory since July 1993. Seriously, 22 years ago.

The numbers for July Sweeps:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC This Week 2.68M 826,000
CBS Face the Nation 2.70M 610,000
NBC Meet the Press 2.57M 718,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.25M 372,000
UNIV Al Punto*

*Al Punto ratings will be added when they become available