Sunday Show Ratings: March 24

By A.J. Katz 

The numbers for March 24 are in, and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the No. 1 Sunday public affairs show among adults 25-54 for the 60th consecutive broadcast, and No. 1 among total viewers for the 7th consecutive broadcast.

Nice little run the show has going.

Per Nielsen data, MTP averaged +26 percent more adults 25-54 (+189,000)  than ABC, and +25 percent more (+181,000) than CBS. This streak is longer than any other achieved in the Sunday Public Affairs category in the history of modern Nielsen ratings (since 1987). The NBC Sunday show averaged +23 percent more total viewers (+656,000) than ABC and +15 percent more total viewers (+465,000) than CBS.

On the downside, the March 24 broadcast of Meet the Press was -4 percent in total viewers and -10 percent in A25-54 demo viewers compared to the same Sunday in 2018.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan finished No. 2 across the board among the Sunday shows. However, the broadcast was down double digits in both of the key categories vs. last year, -12 percent in total viewers and -15 percent among adults 25-54.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos was -5 percent among total viewers and -7 percent among A25-54 viewers vs. last year.

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace was the only show to post year-over-year growth among total viewers (+5 percent). However, the program was -4 percent vs. last year among adults 25-54.

Due to Fox News’ coverage of the attorney general’s summary of the Mueller report, there were no replays of this week’s broadcast of FNS.

The numbers for March 24:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3,527,000  913,000
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3,062,000  731,000
ABC This Week  2,870,000  724,000
FOX Fox News Sunday  1,305,000  352,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 3/24/19, 3/17/19 and 3/25/18 or as dated. Season to date: Most Current: 2018 -2019 Season (9/24/18 – 3/24/19) and 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 3/25/18). Averages based on regular telecasts.