Sunday Show Ratings: October 6

By Merrill Knox 

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows on the first week of the shutdown: ABC’s “This Week” won in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press,” hosted this week by Savannah Guthrie, won in the A25-54 demographic.

“This Week” drew its largest total audience in four years and its largest demo audience in one year (since 2/22/09 and 10/7/12, respectively).

Compared to the same week last year, only CBS’ “This Week” was up in both ratings measurements, growing +13% in total viewers and +14% in the A25-54 demographic. It was mixed for ABC (+13% in total viewers / -4% in the demo), NBC (-3% / +7%) and Univision (+15% / -7%). “Fox News Sunday” was down -16% in total viewers and -29% in A25-54 viewers.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,628,000 total viewers and 298,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,065,000 total viewers and 466,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for October 6:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“This Week” 3.40M 986K
“Face the Nation” 3.21M 894K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.96M 998K
Fox “Fox News Sunday” 1.24K 408K
Univision “Al Punto” 854K 381K