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Sunday Shows

9.28.14 Sunday Show Ratings in the DC Market

SundayShows-w-candyAccording to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, September 28, CBS’s “Face the Nation” was the number one rated Sunday show in total viewers at 62,000 with ”FOX News Sunday” in a close second with 60,000 viewers.

In the A25-54 demo in the DC market, FOX was #1 with 26,000 viewers, while Univision’s “Al Punto” and CBS were in second and third place, respectively, with 21,000 and 20,000 viewers.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted by the Ryder Cup.

The numbers for September 28:

Station Time Program Total Viewers A25-54
WUSA 10:30-11:30am “Face the Nation” 62K 20K
WTTG 9-10am “Fox News Sunday” 60K 26K
WFDC 10-11am “Al Punto” 38K 21K
WJLA 10-11am “This Week” 33K 14K

Behind the Scenes of ‘FOX News Sunday’

BUMP_300DPI_wallacepromoAs part of our newsroom tour series, FishbowlDC recently visited the set of “FOX News Sunday” to chat with host Chris Wallace to find out what goes into putting on a Sunday morning program. This year is Wallace’s 50th in the Washington news business and 11th as host of FNS.

We joined Wallace on Thursday, September 18 at his studio just south of Union Station for his planning and promotion of that Sunday’s program. The host and his staff begin planning the week ahead directly after a Sunday broadcast and reconvene via conference call Tuesday morning before returning to the office on Wednesday.

Asked how he and his colleagues pick topics and guests that are relevant to the week ahead when they start planning the Sunday before broadcast, Wallace said that, “It’s one of the hardest parts. Trying to figure out what’s going to be hot for that Sunday. It obviously gets a little bit easier as the week progresses.” Read more

9.21.14 Sunday Show Ratings in the DC Market

SundayShows-w-candyAccording to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, September 21, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the number one rated Sunday show in 56,000 households, with 83,000 total viewers and 37,000 in the A25-54 demo.

In total viewers, CBS’s ”Face the Nation” was second with 43,000, followed by “FOX News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” tied for third with 38,000. In fifth place for all categories was ABC’s “This Week.”

Compared to the same week last year in the DC market, CBS was up +105% in total viewers followed by Univision and NBC at +36% and +20%, respectively. ABC and FOX were both down in total viewers, -29% and -27%, respectively.

See the full numbers after the jump. Read more

ICYMI – Sunday Show Congressional Guests by the Numbers

New-York-Times-LogoThe New York Times Friday offered analysis of American University research of appearances made by Senators and Representatives on the Sunday morning talk shows. It demonstrated that conservatives are more prevalent, comprising 57% of appearances compared to that of liberals at 42%.

“This slightly lopsided distribution is primarily the result of three Republican senators’ frequent visits to the network shows: John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell,” writes Derek Willis in the Times’ “Upshot.” ”Because of the Republican Party’s control of the House during the past three years, its leaders and committee chairmen are presented with more opportunities to discuss the latest political news.”

For full analysis including that of former Congressional Sunday show guests, click on over to The New York Times.

Highlights from the 9.21.14 Sunday Shows

SundayShows-w-candySen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on US strategy against ISIS: “Well Chuck, first of all, we have to recognize reality. And if you want to see what is going to happen in the future, you have to look to the past…I agree with President Obama’s goal that [ISIS] must be defeated. I’m just not seeing the strategy that’s actually going to work.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on the Friday night White House intruder: “We see this a lot. It happens frequently in other places where there are static security forces. And it’s just a matter of the Secret Service upping their game to make sure that they can maintain that every detail matters. A door locked, a quick reaction when somebody hits the fence and over the gate. I think they’re going to have reinstate some of these ongoing checks about what activities they participate in. And I’m talking about their self-audits on their security.” Read more

Bill Clinton: ‘I hope by the first of October, I’ll be a grandfather.’

On yesterday’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” former President Bill Clinton discussed the ebola outbreak in Africa, U.S. strategy against ISIS, and his anticipation as he and wife Hillary Clinton prepare to welcome their first grandchild.

And during that conversation, Clinton shared that his new title may be conferred by next week.

“I can’t wait,” said Clinton. “And I’m – we’re on watch now. I hope by the first of October, I’ll be a grandfather.”


For his full conversation with Zakaria, click here.

Weekend Show Preview – 9.21.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on “FOX News Sunday,” and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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The 9.14.14 Sunday Show Ratings

sunday-shows_304The Sunday after Chuck Todd‘s first as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the show is back in 3rd place in the ratings war.

CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” first half hour garnered 3,054,000 total viewers nationally, according to Nielsen Media Research. In second for total viewers was ABC’s “This Week” with 2,889,000 followed by “MTP” at 2,589,000.

In the coveted A25-54 demo, ABC led with 947,000 viewers, followed by CBS’s first half hour with 913,000 viewers and NBC at 668,000.

Last week, Todd’s debut as moderator included an exclusive with President Obama and “Meet” was the number 1 rated Sunday show. An NBC spokeswoman said, “We couldn’t be more proud of Chuck’s first show and are so appreciative of the viewers that turned to ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday. At the same time, we know that one week does not equal a trend and expanding our regular audience will take a slow build week to week.”

Click through to see the 9.14.14 Sunday show ratings nationally and here for the Sunday show ratings in the DC market. Read more

9.14.14 Sunday Show Ratings in the DC Market

sunday-shows_304According to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, September 14, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the number one rated Sunday show in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo with 58,000 and 35,000 respectively.

CBS’s “Face the Nation” and “FOX News Sunday” were second and third in total viewers, with 49,000 and 32,000, respectively. In the A25-54 demo, CBS had less than half of NBC’s viewers, at 14,000. FOX and Univision’s “Al Punto” were tied for third in the demo at 6,000 viewers.

Click here for highlights of the 9.14 Sunday shows. And here for the program lineups. See the full numbers after the jump. Read more

Howard Kurtz and TMZ’s Harvey Levin’s Awkward Sunday Morning Exchange

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 10.04.32On yesterday’s “Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz” on FOX News Channel, TMZ founder Harvey Levin joined the program to discuss his network breaking stories as it did with video of Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident leading to his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

The conversation quickly turned tense after host Kurtz asked Levin, “How does TMZ get all these scoops?” Levin then pointed out, “We’re a news operation!”

Kurtz went on to ask if breaking stories like Rice helps to change TMZ’s image of being “a raunchy tabloid operation.” Levin quickly turned it around, noting that national interest and coverage of the story resulted from TMZ’s release of the surveillance video. Read more