Sunday Show Ratings: October 22

By A.J. Katz Comment

There appears to be a trend materializing in the 2017-2018 Sunday political show ratings race: CBS is No. 1 in total viewers, while NBC is No. 1 in the key A25-54 demo.

Moderated by Chuck Todd, MTP has now finished No. 1 among the Sunday shows in the key demo for 14 consecutive broadcasts, and has won the influential DC market every Sunday broadcast since the spring of 2015. That said, the broadcast was down double digits from the comparable Sunday in 2016 (-14 percent in total viewers and -17 percent in the demo).

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a year-over-year ratings decline for all of the Sunday shows these next few Sundays as we approach the one-year anniversary of the 2016 election.

Moderated by John Dickerson, Face the Nation remains on top in total audience. Television year-to-date, CBS’s Sunday public affairs program is averaging 3.59 million viewers, +2 percent in viewers year-over-year. CBS slipped to No. 3 in the key news demo after multiple weeks at No. 2.

FTN was re-titled last year due to the network’s coverage of the NY Giants-LA Rams from London.

Moderated by George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s This Weekremained No. 3 in total viewers, but moved up to No. 2 in the key A25-54 demo on Oct. 22.

Dana Perino filled in for Chris Wallace on the Oct. 22 edition of Fox News Sunday. The program struggled relative to the same Sunday last year, -28 percent in total viewers and -31 percent in the news demo. Wallace was also coming off a noteworthy performance moderating the final 2016 presidential debate.

The show’s trio of cable replays combined for 2.39 million total viewers and 474,000 demo viewers. Combined with the FOX broadcast, the Oct. 22 FNS had 3.59 million total viewers and 843,000 A25-54.

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 22 :

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.293 M   700 k
NBC Meet the Press  3.117 M   899 k
ABC This Week 2.872 M  840 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.201 M  369 k
UNIV Al Punto   n/a   n/a

*Al Punto ratings will be included when made available.