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Sunday Show Ratings: June 22

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both ratings measurements June 22, leading NBC’s “Meet the Press” by +574,000 total viewers and +128,000 A25-54 viewers. ABC’s “This Week” was third, Univision’s “Al Punto” was fourth and “Fox News Sunday” was fifth.

Fueled by Univision’s coverage of the World Cup, “Al Punto” was again up significantly, growing +40% in total viewers and +20% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same week last year. “Fox News Sunday” was also up across the board, +5% and +9%, respectively. CBS was up +6 in total viewers -11% in the demo, while “Meet the Press” was -5% and +1% and ABC was -13% and -4%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,807,000 total viewers and 457,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 715,000 and 353,000 viewers, respectively.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country. “This Week” was retitled because it aired out of pattern across several markets due to ABC’s coverage of the World Cup. “Al Punto” aired at a special time, also due to Univision’s coverage of the World Cup.

The numbers for June 22:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.971M 836K
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.343M 708K
ABC “This Week” 2.217M 655K
UNI “Al Punto” 1.264M 576K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.157M 360K

Sunday Show Ratings: June 15

For the second week in a row, CBS’ “Face the Nation” was first in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” was first in the A25-54 demographic.

It was a particularly strong week for Univision’s “Al Punto,” which came in third in the A25-54 demographic, beating both “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday.” The show featured coverage of the recent immigration reform debate as well as an interview with Pele that was tied into Univision’s coverage of the World Cup. Compared to the same week last year, “Al Punto” is up +80% in total viewers and +113% in the demo.

ABC was up +5% in total viewers and +8% in the demo year-over-year. “Face the Nation” was flat in total viewers and up +13% in the demo, and “Fox News Sunday” was up +41% in total viewers and down -6% in the demo. “Meet the Press” was down across the board, -9% in total viewers and -26% in the demo.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,902,000 total viewers and 415,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 750,000 total viewers and 266,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country. “This Week” was retitled because it aired out of pattern across 30% of the country due to ABC’s coverage of the World Cup. “Al Punto” aired at a special time, also due to Univision’s coverage of the World Cup.

The numbers for June 15:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.709M 687K
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.161M 594K
ABC “This Week” 2.139M 723K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.490M 350K
UNI “Al Punto” 1.152M 617K

Chris Wallace: Cronkite ‘Would Not Be Happy’ With the State of the Evening Newscasts

chris wallace“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace does a Q+A with The Chicago Sun Times about his 50 years in broadcasting, the lessons he learned from his father Mike Wallace, and the general state of the news media:

Q: You are the only person who has had an anchoring role on two Sunday morning news shows. How do you see the role of the Sunday morning shows and how that’s evolved?

A: The reason it’s such a joy to be the anchor of a Sunday news show is that unlike in so much of the news business you have to almost apologize for being serious — for talking about policy. There’s a pressure to get off it as quickly as possible. The Sunday morning shows are the places were policy and serious subjects and in-depth interviews are desirable. That’s why people tune in to a Sunday talk show. You can talk in depth, you can talk seriously about issues. It’s more about light than heat, and you make no apologies for it. It’s sort of a self-selecting audience. It’s an audience that doesn’t want stunts, doesn’t want flash, they want a serious discussion of issues by serious people. It’s a joy to be presiding over that.

Q: How do you see the impact of celebrity culture on the news business? Read more

Sunday Show Ratings: June 8

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows on June 8: CBS’ “Face the Nation” wins in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” wins in the A25-54 demographic. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted for NBC’s coverage of the French Open men’s final.

“This Week” is up double digits across the board compared to the same week last year, +19% in total viewers and +35% among A25-54 viewers. CBS and Fox were both up in total viewers and down in the demo: “Face the Nation” was +6% and -18% and “Fox News Sunday” was +17% and -6%, respectively. Univision’s “Al Punto” was down across the board, -32% in total viewers and -40% in the demo.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,310,000 total viewers and 468,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for June 8:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.156M 777K
ABC
“This Week” 3.074M 906K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.451M 460K
UNI “Al Punto” 532K 218K
NBC “Meet the Press”

Sunday Show Ratings: June 1

ABC’s “This Week” was the top-rated Sunday public affairs show on June 1, winning in both ratings measurements for the first time since April 27. CBS’ “Face the Nation” was second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” was second in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” showed significant growth and was the only show to be up in both ratings measurements, +50% in total viewers and +73% in the A25-54 demo. “Meet the Press” was -5% in total viewers and +15% in the demo and “Fox News Sunday” was +5% and -%5, respectively. “Face the Nation” and Univision’s “Al Punto” are down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,732,000 total viewers and 322,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 951,000 total viewers and 420,000 demo viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for June 1:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.936M 927K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.571M 638K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.222M 778K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.117M 312K
UNI “Al Punto” 708K 309K

Hillary Clinton: ‘Definiton of Talking to Americans’ Not Confined to Sunday Shows

clintonPOLITICO reports exclusive excerpts from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book “Hard Choices,” specifically the chapter on the 9/11/12 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton addresses criticism that she didn’t appear on Sunday morning shows several days after the attack.

Clinton takes aim at people who “fixate on the question of why I didn’t go on TV that morning, as if appearing on a talk show is the equivalent of jury duty, where one has to have a compelling reason to get out of it. I don’t see appearing on Sunday-morning television as any more of a responsibility than appearing on late-night TV. Only in Washington is the definition of talking to Americans confined to 9 A.M. on Sunday mornings.”

The potential presidential candidate writing about her lack of responsibility to appear on Sunday shows adds to previous statements she’s made about the platform: last year during her Benghazi testimony, she “confessed” that going on Sunday shows “is not my favorite thing to do.”

For her book, Clinton is seemingly more favorable to weeknights and weekday mornings. Her first interview goes to Diane Sawyer in a primetime special on June 9; her second to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” June 10. She’ll also do a joint interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on June 17.

Sunday Show Ratings: May 25

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic over Memorial Day weekend, taking home the top spot for the second week straight. ABC’s “This Week” was second; NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted due to coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Compared to the same week last year, only “This Week” is up in both ratings measurements, growing +18% in total viewers and +21% in the A25-54 demo. “Face the Nation” is down -11% in total viewers and flat in the demo, “Fox News Sunday” is flat in total viewers and down -9% in the demo, and Univision’s “Al Punto” is down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,368,000 total viewers and 282,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country. “This Week” was re-titled due to ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

The numbers for May 25:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.986M 915K
ABC
“This Week” 2.490M 778K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.134M 338K
UNI “Al Punto” 601K 262K
NBC “Meet the Press”

‘Face the Nation’ Wins 2013-14 Season

Face The Nation With Bob SchiefferAlthough the Sunday public affairs shows continue to be in a tight race for the top spot from week to week, “Face the Nation” finished the 2013-14 season first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. It was the best audience in total viewers for “Face” in 21 years, since the 1992-93 season.

ABC’s “This Week” was second for the season, followed by NBC’s “Meet the Press” in third, “Fox News Sunday” in fourth and Univision’s “Al Punto” in fifth.

Compared to last season, “Face the Nation” — which is rated on only the first half hour because it is only broadcast contiguously across about half of the CBS affiliates — was up in both total viewers and the demo.

Sunday Show Ratings: May 18 & May Sweeps

“Face the Nation” took home the top spot in both ratings measurements on May 18. The CBS Sunday public affairs program bested ABC’s “This Week” by +130,000 total viewers and +101,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” is the only show to grow, +6% in total viewers and +3% in the demo. “Face the Nation” (-2% in total viewers / -13% in the demo), “Meet the Press” (-9% / -8%), “Fox News Sunday (-11% / -10%) and Univision’s “Al Punto” (-4%/-19%) were all down.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,747,000 total viewers and 291,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered 1,071,000 total viewers and 493,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for May 18:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.87K 821K
ABC
“This Week” 2.74M 720K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.48M 698K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.09M 409K
UNI “Al Punto”" 705K 299K

As for May Sweeps: Read more

Sunday Show Ratings: May 11

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows on May 11: CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won in the A25-54 demographic.

With “Meet the Press” preempted for NBC’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League, “Fox News Sunday” was third and Univision’s “Al Punto” was fourth.

Compared to the same week last year, only “This Week” grew in both ratings measurements, up +20% in total viewers and +22% in A25-54 viewers. “Face the Nation” was up +4% in total viewers and down -13% in the demo, while “Fox News Sunday” and “Al Punto” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,738,000 total viewers and 327,000 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 May 11:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.06M 724K
ABC
“This Week” 2.75M 860K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.24M 372K
UNI “Al Punto” 665K 324K
NBC “Meet the Press”

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