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Kicking off its episode with a excerpt of President-elect Donald Trump’s interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, CBS’ Face the Nation with John Dickerson was the most-watched Sunday public affairs program on November 13, the first Sunday after Election Day 2016. The program delivered a +26 percent gain in total audience, and a +23 percent gain in the key A25-54 from the comparable Sunday in 2015. FTN also delivered a significant gain from the post-election episode in 2008, +43 percent in total audience.
Per Nielsen data, NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd won the advertiser-friendly A25-54 demo yet again, delivering a +32 percent gain in that category, as well as a +8 percent gain in total audience from the same Sunday last year. MTP was -11 percent in total audience from the post-Election episode in 2008. The program continues to lead the D.C. market in both total audience and the A25-54 demo, and has ranked No. 1 in total audience every Sunday in the market since March 22, 2015.
ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos took the No. 3 spot both in total audience and in the A25-54 demo. This Week delivered a +3 percent gain in viewers but was -2 percent in the demo year-over-year. The program was also -11 percent in total audience from the post-Election episode in 2008. The program continues to post its strongest audience figures since the 2008-2009 broadcast season.
The Chris Wallace-anchored Fox News Sunday saw double digits percent improvement from the comparable Sunday last year, both in total audience (+10 percent) and in the news demo (+17 percent). The 1.9 million total viewers represented a year-high for the 9 a.m. ET airing. The episode was also +34 percent from the post-Election episode in 2008. There were an additional 4,430,000 viewers and 976,000 A25-54 viewers who tuned into the 2 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. ET, and 2 a.m. ET cable replays. Altogether, the Nov. 13 episode delivered 6.3 million viewers and 1.6 million from the news demo.
Editor’s Note: Face the Nation is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 58.7 percent of the country.
The numbers for November 13:
|CBS||Face the Nation||4.32 M||1.05 M|
|NBC||Meet the Press||3.79 M||1.26 M|
|ABC||This Week||3.54 M||959,000|
|FOX||Fox News Sunday||1.91 M||598,000|