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Sunday Show Ratings, 3.16.14: CBS on Top, NBC Still Struggling

CBS had their best week of the year in the Sunday show ratings competition last week. “Face the Nation” drew 3.791 million viewers overall, with 1.08 million in the key 25 – 54 demographic. ABC was second in total viewers with 3.565 million viewers, but won the demo with 1.18 million. Meanwhile NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in a distant third, with only 2.657 million viewers overall, and 784,000 in the demo. That’s their worst performance among 25 – 54 year olds all year, and their second worse week over all. Viewership was up 30% for both CBS and Fox compared to last Sunday. ABC saw a 9% increase in viewers, while NBC and Univision lost 8% and 12% respectively. Despite “MTP”‘s continued disappointing performance, NBC News VP Alex Wallace said there were absolutely no plans to replace David Gregory as host. “I cannot be more declarative about David,” she told HuffPo recently. “[He] is our guy.”

Here’s more from our sister site, TVNewser:

“This Week” won in the A25-54 demo for the fourth straight week, its longest demo winning streak in over 19 years.

Compared to the same week last year, CBS and ABC were both up: “This Week” grew +41% in total viewers and +68% in the demo, and “Face the Nation” grew +43% in both total and demo viewers. “Meet the Press” was down -6% in total viewers and flat in the demo. Fox was up +38% in viewers and +5% in the demo. Univision is down in both measurements, -28% and -24%, respectively.

The numbers for March 16:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.791M 1.08M
ABC
“This Week” 3.565M 1.18M
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.657M 784K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.340M 440K
Univision “Al Punto” 666K 312K

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

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