MEET THE PRESS WITH CHUCK TODD is Most-Watched Sunday Show for Second Straight Season
Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (MTP) is the #1 most-watched Sunday show for the 2017-2018 season, according to Nielsen Media Research data, winning across the board for the second consecutive season.
During the 2017-2018 broadcast season, an average of 3,406 million viewers tuned into the broadcast. MTP beat ABC's This Week by +17 percent (+496,000) and CBS' Face the Nation, which continues to rate for only 30 minutes of its hour-long program, by five percent (+159,000). MTP posted its largest total viewer advantage over ABC in six seasons (since 2011-12) and CBS in seven seasons (since 2010-11). MTP continues to dominate in the key demo, winning the season with an average of 928,000 A25-54 viewers. MTP topped ABC and CBS by double-digits: ABC by +21 percent (+160,000) and CBS by +31 percent (+219,000).
MTP, along with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, and Dateline NBC scored a three-peat for the first time ever, posting wins in the valued A25-54 and A18-49 demos for the third straight season.
For the third quarter of 2018 (3Q'18), MTP was also the #1 most-watched Sunday broadcast, winning its third consecutive quarter across the board - its best streak in seven years (since 1Q11-3Q11).
MTP was the only Sunday show to deliver more than three million total viewers for Q3'18. Averaging 3.232 million viewers, MTP beat ABC and CBS by double-digits: ABC by +18 percent (+481,000) and CBS by +12 percent (+334,000). Compared to the same quarter last year (3Q'17), MTP was the only Sunday program to grow its total audience (+ two percent), delivering its biggest 3Q audience in 10 years (since 3Q'08). Compared to 3Q'17, MTP also nearly tripled its total viewer lead over ABC (+481,000 vs. 177,000 last year) and improved its advantage over CBS by 13X (+334,000 vs. +26,000 last year), posting its biggest 3Q advantages over ABC and CBS in seven years. Compared to the prior quarter (2Q'18), MTP was the only program to grow its total audience and increased its advantage over ABC by +47 percent (+154,000) and CBS by +88 percent (+157,000).
The network broadcast also topped its competition by double-digits in the key demo with an average of 819,000 viewers: +24 percent (+157,000) more than ABC and +36 percent (+216,000) more than CBS. This is MTP's 11th consecutive quarter win in the key demo, its best streak among A25-54 since 2Q'13. Compared to the same quarter last year (3Q'17), MTP improved its advantage over ABC by +80 percent (+70,000), delivering its biggest 3Q lead over ABC in seven years (since 3Q'11). Compared to the prior quarter (2Q'18), MTP increased its lead over ABC by +67 percent (+63,000) and CBS by nine percent (+17,000).
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
This past Sunday, Sept. 23, MTP was #1 across the board, winning its 12th broadcast across the board out of the last 13 broadcasts, and was the only Sunday show to deliver more than three million total viewers. The broadcast featured an interview with Secretary of State Pompeo, as well as exclusive interviews with Sens. Patty Murray and David Perdue.
3.016 million total viewers tuned in: two percent (+62,000) more than ABC and two percent (+56,000) more than CBS. This marks the broadcast's 17th straight win over ABC. MTP also won in the demo most valued by news advertisers for its 35th straight broadcast, its best streak in over 11 years (since April 15, 2007). 727,000 A25-54 demo viewers tuned into the Sunday program: three percent (+18,000) more than ABC and +21 percent (+127,000) more than CBS.
MTP continues to dominate the influential Washington, D.C. market, outperforming its competition across the board and winning every Sunday with total viewers for more than three straight years (since March 22, 2015).
An additional 1.077 million total viewers and 334,000 A25-54 viewers watched the Sunday program through rebroadcasts on NBC and MSNBC.