Sunday Shows: August 28, 2016

By A.J. Katz Comment

Sunday AM Anchors_061015_640CBS’ Face the Nation with John Dickerson was the No. 1 Sunday show of the week in total viewers, while Meet the Press with Chuck Todd won the key A25-54 news demo.

FTN was the sole Sunday show to deliver gains both in total viewers (+4 percent) and A25-54 (+1 percent) from the comparable Sunday in 2015. It is important to note that the August 28th edition of Face the Nation filed under an amended title. This was the final week FTN filed under an amended title as permitted by Nielsen.

Meet the Press fell 3 percent in total viewers, but grew 21 percent in the news demo from the comparable Sunday last year. An additional 877,000 total viewers and 214,000 from the news demo watched MTP with rebroadcasts on MSNBC.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos delivered mediocre ratings this past Sunday relative to the comparable Sunday last year. The episode was down 3 percent in total viewers and down 19 percent in the news demo. That said, This Week defeated Face the Nation in the demo, it is drawing its largest overall audience in 17 years and posting its strongest news demo performance in 7 years.

Fox News Sunday on FOX fell 12 percent in total viewers but gained 2 percent in the news demo compared to the same Sunday in 2015. The original broadcast combined with a trio of cable replays delivered a total of 4.03 total million viewers, 1.02 million of whom were A25-54. Excluding the FOX broadcast, the trio of cable replays delivered a combined 2.74 million total viewers and 616,000 in the demo.

Despite relatively low total viewer numbers, Univision’s Al Punto continues to resonate with millennials. The 8/28 episode defeated This Week, Face the Nation, and Fox News Sunday in the 18-34 demographic.

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

The numbers for August 28:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.12 M  977,000
CBS Face the Nation 3.21 M 767,000
ABC This Week 2.96 M 796,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.29 M 401,000
UNIV Al Punto*  769,000  348,000

*Al Punto numbers will be added as they become available