Sunday Show Ratings: September 4

By A.J. Katz 

Sunday-AM-Anchors_061015_640CBS Face the Nation with John Dickerson was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program for September 4th, and delivered a 13 percent bump in total viewers and a 17 percent bump in the news demo compared to the same Sunday in 2015. The broadcast started with an interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Chairman of the Donald J. Trump for President Transition Team, and an interview with Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos finished No. 3 in total viewers, and No. 2 in the news demo. The program improved less than 1 percent in total viewers, but fell 9 percent in the demo compared to the same Sunday in 2015. Overall, This Week is improving in both total viewers (+14 percent) and A25-54 (+6 percent) versus its year-ago season averages. It is delivering its largest total audience in 17 years.

NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the No. 1 Sunday show in A25-54, despite making the decision to re-title due to Labor Day weekend. MTP improved 3 percent in total viewers and improved 12 percent in the demo from the same Sunday in 2015.

Fox News Sunday on FOX fell 2 percent in total viewers and fell 8 percent in the news demo from the same Sunday a year ago. The trio of cable replays delivered a combined 2.42 million viewers and 569,000 A25-54. Combining cable replays with the original broadcast, the September 4th edition of FNS delivered 3.74 million total viewers, including 956,000 from the news demo.

Due to Univision special programming, Al Punto did not air this past Sunday, September 4th. The program returns on September 11.

*Note: Face the Nation’s second half-hour was broadcast contiguously across 78.31% of the CBS affiliates.

The numbers for September 4:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 3.34 M 722,000
NBC Meet the Press 2.99 M 827,000
ABC This Week 2.83 M 796,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.32 M 387,000
UNIV Al Punto*  N/A N/A