Sunday Show Ratings: Nov. 23 and Sweeps

By Brian Flood 

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was first among Sunday shows in viewers and in the key A25-54 demo last week, despite  being down -3% overall and -8% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” was second in both categories, up +5% in the demo. NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third and was preempted a year ago for coverage of Formula 1 racing.

“Fox News Sunday” was down -9% in the demo but totaled 3.4M viewers when combining broadcast numbers with cable replay. Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” on Fox News Channel averaged a combined 2.06 million total viewers and 397,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 23:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.79M 1.04M
“This Week” 2.99M 923,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.83M 868,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.40M 413,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 1.09M 622,000

As for November Sweeps, “Face the Nation” finished first in total viewers and the demo, although it was down -7% in the demo since November sweeps in 2013. By contrast, “This Week” was up +7% in the demo and claimed its first November sweeps Total Viewers victory over “Meet the Press” in 18 years.

“Face the Nation” was first in all these measures for the third consecutive November sweep.

November 2014 Sweeps:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.45M 970,000
“This Week” 2.78M 822,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.73M 746,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.37M 439,000
UNIV “Al Punto”*  —–  —–

*TVNewser will add “Al Punto” Sweeps information once it becomes available.