Each of the Sunday public affairs shows struggled relative to the same Sunday in 2017.
NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was No. 1 across the board yet again. The highlight of the broadcast was Todd’s taped interview with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. MTP was the sole Sunday politics program to deliver more than 3 million total viewers, and finished No.1 in the A25-54 demo for the 23rd consecutive broadcast.
All of that said, Meet the Press was -8 percent in total viewers and -19 percent in the demo versus last year.
CBS’s Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan finished No. 2 in total viewers, and No. 3 among adults 25-54. The broadcast was -14 percent in total viewers, and -19 percent in the demo compared to the same Sunday last year.
ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos finished No. 3 in total viewers, and No. 2 among adults 25-54. For the 10th straight week, This Week beat Face the Nation in the key demo, and possesses its largest demo lead over its CBS rival in 18 years – since the 1999-00 season.
The program was up from the previous week, but way down from the same week last year (-15 percent in total viewers and -28 percent in the key demo). The 927,000 demo viewers that particular broadcast drew was the show’s largest total in 10 weeks.
Compared to the same week last year, Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace was -17 percent in total viewers and -14 percent in demo viewers. The program’s trio of cable replays delivered 2.55 million total viewers and 512,000 A25-54 viewers. Combined with the original broadcast on Fox, the June 3 edition of FNS delivered 3.74 million total viewers and 873,000 demo viewers.
Here are the numbers for June 3, 2018:
|NBC||Meet the Press||3.012M||807k|
|CBS||Face the Nation (1/2 hr)||2.738M||560k|
|FOX||Fox News Sunday||1.195M||361k|