Sunday Show Ratings: May 2016 Sweeps

By A.J. Katz 

Sunday AM Anchors_061015_640The 2016 election has proved a boon for the Sunday morning public affairs programs. Each program experienced year-over-year improvement in total viewers and the key A25-54 demo during the May 2016 Sweep.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd swept away the competition when it came to performance in the A25-54 demo. The program improved by 26 percent in the demo and 36 percent in total viewers from the May 2015 Sweep. No Sunday morning public affairs program experienced a more significant year-over-year improvement in viewers and the news demo during the May Sweep than Meet the Press.

Face the Nation was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program for the May 2016 Sweep, improving 12 percent in total viewers from the previous May Sweep. The program didn’t perform quite as well in the news demo, improving by less than 1 percent year-over-year and finishing No. 3 overall.

This Week was the No. 3 program of May 2016 Sweep in average total viewers, but finished No. 2 in the demo. This Week was up 24 percent in total viewers and up 3 percent in the demo from May 2015 Sweep.

Fox News Sunday experienced a strong May 2016 Sweep in its own right, up 21 percent in total viewers and up 23 percent in the news demo from the May 2015 Sweep.

Numbers for May 2016 Sweeps:

Show Name  Total Viewers (000)  A25-54
(000)
MEET THE PRESS 3,562 1,052
FACE THE NATION LEGACY 3,645 899
FACE THE NATION HOUR 3,044 743
THIS WEEK 3,266 909
FOX NEWS SUNDAY 1,495 444

Al Punto ratings will be posted when they become available

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