Press Release

October 19, 2021

‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Is No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 on Sunday, Oct. 17

** Ratings Report for ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”

For Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021

‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Is No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 on Sunday, Oct. 17

‘This Week’ Posts Double-Digit Gains Week-to-Week in Total Viewers (+23%) and Adults 25-54 (+22%), Delivering Its Most-Watched Telecast in 7 Weeks

Season to Date, ‘This Week’ Is No. 1 in Adults 25-54, Taking the Top Spot in the Key Adult News Demo for the First Time in 6 Years

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (2.872 million) and Adults 25-54 (552,000) on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “This Week” outdelivered NBC’s “Meet the Press” (2.690 million and 493,000, respectively) by 182,000 Total Viewers and by 59,000 Adults 25-54.


“This Week” posted double-digit gains week-to-week in Total Viewers (+23% – 2.872 million vs. 2.337 million) and Adults 25-54 (+22% – 552,000 vs. 452,000), delivering its most-watched telecast in 7 weeks — since 8/29/21.


Season to date, “This Week” is ranking No. 1 in Adults 25-54 (540,000), leading CBS’ Face the Nation (475,000) by 65,000 and NBC’s “Meet the Press” (498,000) by 42,000. In fact, “This Week” is taking the top spot in the key Adult news demo for the first time in 6 years — since the 2015-2016 season.


“This Week” is leading NBC’s “Meet the Pressin Total Viewers (+97,000 – 2.620 million vs. 2.523 million) for the first time in 7 years — since the 2014-2015 season. In addition, “This Week” is cutting its season margin with CBS’ “Face the Nation” in Total Viewers by 77% (107,000 vs. 460,000) to its closest in 5 years — since the 2016-2017 season.


NOTE: “Face the Nation” was preempted due to NFL.


George Stephanopoulos is anchor of “This Week.” Martha Raddatz is chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week.” Jonathan Karl is chief Washington correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week.” Dax Tejera is executive producer.


Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021                          TOTAL VIEWERS        A25-54 (000)/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”                                     2,872,000                       552,000/0.5

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”                           2,690,000                       493,000/0.4

CBS “FACE THE NATION”                        ***PREEMPTED***

CBS “FACE THE NATION-2”                     ***PREEMPTED***

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”                      1,199,000                      273,000/0.2


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 10/17/21, 10/10/21 and 10/18/20 or as dated. Most Current: 2021 -2022 Season (9/20 – 10/17/21 and 2020 -2021 Season (9/21 – 10/18/20). *Beginning 8/31/20, National ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing. Prior to 8/31/20, ratings do not include OOH viewing. Nielsen ratings for “This Week” include additional airings in select markets. Averages based on regular telecasts.




ABC News Media Relations
Elizabeth Hecht


Pons Rongavilla


Media Relations

Pons Rongavilla


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