Sunday Show Ratings: October 15

By A.J. Katz 

Once again, there was a split decision in the Sunday public affairs ratings race.

CBS’s Face The Nation With John Dickerson was the most-watched Sunday public affairs show on Oct. 15. This is the 3rd consecutive total viewer win for the CBS public affairs program for the 3rd consecutive broadcast.

FTN, No. 1 in total viewers, posted +2 percent total audience growth versus the Oct. 16, 2016 broadcast, but was -3 percent in the demo.


NBC’s Meet the Press With Chuck Todd ranked No. 1 in the key A25-54 demo for the 13th consecutive broadcast.

MTP was No. 1 among A25-54 despite being losing -15 percent of its demo audience relative to Oct. 16, 2016 broadcast. The show was -12 percent in total viewers as well. But despite the rough performance relative to last year, NBC’s Sunday public affairs show has managed to win the Washington D.C. market in total viewers every Sunday since March 2015.

ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos ranked No. 3 in the key categories. The program was also down relative to the the Oct. 16 broadcast, both in total viewers (-17 percent) and in the key news demo (-20 percent).

James Rosen filled in for Chris Wallace on the Oct. 15 edition of Fox News Sunday. The program was -10 percent in total viewers and -7 percent in the news demo relative to the Oct. 16 broadcast, when Bret Baier filled in for Wallace.

The trio of cable replays delivered a combined 2.2 million total viewers and 505,000 from the demo. Altogether, the Oct. 15 episode of FNS delivered 3.4 million total viewers and 913,000 from the demo.

Al Punto hosted by Jorge Ramos continues to resonate with adults 18-34. The Oct. 15 broadcast drew more millennials than did Fox News Sunday (111,000 vs. 104,000). The program is also attracting an audience base that’s 13 years younger than the combined average viewer of its English-language Sunday morning shows (49 years old vs. 62 years old).

Editor’s Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 59.8 percent of the CBS affiliates.

The numbers for October 15 :

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.595 M   910 k
NBC Meet the Press 3.305 M   958 k
ABC This Week 2.762 M   802 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.267 M  408 k
UNIV Al Punto  704 k  326 k