Sunday Show Ratings: October 16

By A.J. Katz 

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The NBC, ABC and CBS Sunday public affairs programs saw double digit year-over-year growth in both total viewers and the key news demo. FOX fell year-over-year in both categories, perhaps due in part to Bret Baier filling in for Chris Wallace, who undoubtedly is prepping to moderate tonight’s third and final presidential debate.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd secured the No. 1 spot on Oct. 16, both in total viewers and in the news demo. This was the 3rd straight across the board victory for the program. In addition, no Sunday public affairs program delivered more year-over-year growth than MTP, both in total viewers (+30 percent) and in A25-54 (+48). Vice President Biden and Republican VP nominee Gov. Mike Pence appeared on the broadcast.

This Week with George Stephanopoulos delivered a second place finish in the news demo despite once again finishing 3rd in total viewers. This Week grew +19 percent in total viewers and +18 percent in A25-54 from the same Sunday in 2015.

Face the Nation with John Dickerson delivered a second place finish in total viewers and ranked No. 3 in the A25-54 demo. FTN grew +14 percent in total viewers and a solid +40 percent in the news demo from the comparable Sunday last year. Gov. Pence and Democratic VP nominee Sen. Tim Kaine appeared on the program.

With Wallace on the sideline, Fox News Sunday was -14 percent in total viewers and -6 percent in A25-54 from the comparable Sunday last year. The program’s trio of cable replays at 2 p.m, 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. combined to deliver 3,078,000 total viewers and 596,000 A25-54. Altogether, Sunday’s edition of FNS earned 4,479,000 total viewers and 1,037,000 from the demo.

*Editor’s Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 58.7 percent of the CBS affiliates.

The numbers for October 16:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.74 M 1.13 M
CBS Face the Nation 3.54 M 941,000
ABC This Week 3.34 M  1.00 M
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.4 M 441,000
UNIV Al Punto 747,000 325,000

*Al Punto ratings will be posted when made available.