Sunday Show Ratings: Oct. 6

By A.J. Katz 

There was a split decision in the Sunday show ratings race this past week.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan garnered the largest total audience, while NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd garnered the largest adults 25-54 audience.

An additional 1.06 million total viewers and 282,000 A25-54 viewers watched last week’s edition of MTP through rebroadcasts on NBC and MSNBC.


MTP also remains the No. 1 Sunday show of the young season across all relevant categories, while FTN is averaging 3.2 million viewers and 707,000 in adults 25-54 this television year to-date.

Despite finishing third place on Oct. 6, This Week with George Stephanopoulos posted year-over-year increases in average total audience and among adults 25-54. Granted its only two weeks into the season, but ABC’s Sunday public affairs program is improving in Adults 25-54 (+3%) versus the same point last season.

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace posted 1.28 million total viewers and 362,000 A25-54 viewers on Fox. The trio of cable replays delivered 1.95 million total viewers and 268,000 A25-54 viewers. Altogether, that’s 3.22 million total viewers and 630,000 A25-54 viewers on Oct. 6.

Perhaps driven by increased in the news due to the impeachment inquiry, a number of the Sunday shows showed audience growth from with the same Sunday in 2018 (Oct. 7). CBS was +8% in total viewers, NBC was +10%, ABC was +10%, however Fox was -8%. In the A25-54 demo, NBC was +10%, CBS was +8%, ABC was +11%, and Fox was +4%.

Editor’s Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 69.44% of the CBS affiliates.

The Nielsen numbers for Oct. 6, 2019:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr) 3,283,000 761,000
NBC Meet the Press 3,253,000 798,000
ABC This Week 2,827,000 661,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1,277,000 362,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 10/6/19,  and 10/7/18 or as dated.  Season to date: Most Current