Sunday Show Ratings: March 19

By A.J. Katz 

Sunday-AM-Anchors_061015_640Each of the English language Sunday public affairs shows posted year-over-year total audience losses on March 19.

For the third consecutive week, NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd remained No. 1 across the board. MTP also remained No. 1 in the D.C. market, and posted an additional 1.754 million total viewers through reruns on MSNBC. On the downside, MTP was -5 percent in total audience and -2 percent in the ever-important A25-54 demo relative to March 20, 2016.

CBS Face the Nation with John Dickerson earned a No. 2 finish in the key categories, but was -11 percent in total viewers and -4 percent in the news demo relative to the same Sunday last year.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos had a mediocre week relative to the same Sunday last year, -20 percent in total viewers and -6 percent in the news demo. On the plus side, the program is +4 percent in total viewers versus last season, and is drawing its largest total audience since the 1998-99 season.

Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace posted a -5 percent decline in total viewers, but a +1 percent gain among demo viewers versus last year. The cable replays delivered 2.84 million total viewers and 735,000 demo viewers at 2 p.m., 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. All together, the episode garnered 4.34 million total viewers and 1.18 million adults 25-54 on March 19.

Al Punto hosted by Jorge Ramos, on the other hand, posted strong audience figures relative to the same week last year. Univision’s public affairs program delivered a +29 percent increase in total viewers, a +21 percent increase in adults 25-54, +49 percent in adults 18-49, and posted a solid +76 percent improvement in millennial viewers from the same Sunday in 2016.

The numbers for March 19:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.621M 1.113M
CBS Face the Nation  3.433M 942,000
ABC This Week  2.969M 875,000
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.505M 449,000
UNIV Al Punto  840,000  401,000