Sunday Show Ratings: March 3

By A.J. Katz 

Coming off of the President’s summit with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, along with the Michael Cohen testimony, the Sunday shows had a very strong week in the ratings department.

Moderated by Chuck Todd, NBC’s Meet the Press was the most-watched Sunday show across the board on March 3rd, marking the program’s 4th consecutive week as No. 1.

Per Nielsen data, the NBC Sunday public affairs show delivered +29 percent more total viewers more than ABC’s This Week and +9 percent more total viewers than CBS’ Face the Nation. The program also posted an impressive +14 percent growth in total viewers vs. the comparable Sunday last year.

Additionally, Meet the Press won the key A25-54 demo for its 57th consecutive broadcast, topping ABC, CBS and Fox by double-digits percent, +39 more A25-54 viewers than ABC and +30 percent more than CBS. Compared to the same Sunday last year, MTP’s A25-54 viewership was +3 percent.

An additional 1,138,000 total viewers and 225,000 A25-54 viewers watched the Sunday program through rebroadcasts on NBC and MSNBC.

CBS’ Face the Nation moderated by Margaret Brennan was +8 percent in total viewers, and +5 percent among adults 25-54 vs. the same Sunday in 2018. Face the Nation had more year-over-year growth in the A25-54 demo than the competition.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos was +5 percent in total viewers, but a whopping -14 percent in A25-54 viewers vs. last year.

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on Fox Broadcasting posted +3 percent growth in total viewers and +3 percent growth in the key A25-54 demo vs. the comparable Sunday in 2018. The trio of cable replays delivered a combined 2.4 million viewers and 376,000 A25-54 viewers. Combined with the first-run broadcast, that’s a total of roughly 3.9 million total viewers and 807,000 demo viewers.

The numbers for March 3:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3,897,000  980,000
CBS Face the Nation(1/2 hr)  3,571,000  752,000
ABC This Week  3,027,000  705,000
FOX Fox News Sunday  1,486,000  431,000