Press Release

May 24, 2022

‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Ranks No. 1 in Adults 25-54 During May Sweep, Leading Both CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ for the 2nd Year in a Row

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

For Sunday, May 22 and May 2022

 

‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Ranks No. 1 in Adults 25-54 During May Sweep, Leading Both CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ for the 2nd Year in a Row

 

‘This Week’ Delivers Its Largest May Sweep Margin in Adults 25-54 in 22 Years Over ‘Face the Nation’ and in 8 Years Over ‘Meet the Press’

 

‘This Week’ Leads ‘Meet the Press’ in Total Viewers for First Time in 7 Years and Narrows Its Total Viewer Gap With ‘Face the Nation’ to Its Smallest Margin  in 13 Years During the Month

 

‘This Week’ Takes the Top Spot for the 4th Week Running and for the 6th Time in the Last 7 Weeks on Sunday, May 22

 

‘This Week’ Is the Only Sunday Affairs Program to Grow from Year Ago Week in Total Viewers and Adults 25-43 and Improves on the Previous Week in Total Viewers

May 2022 Sweep

 

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ranked No. 1 in Adults 25-54 (579,000) during the May 2022 sweep, based on Most Current Data from Nielsen Media Research. Leading both CBS’ “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” during the month for the 2nd year in a row, “This Week” turned in its first back-to-back May sweep wins in Adults 25-54 in 29 years — since May 1992 and May 1993. Overall, “This Week” has won 4 of the last 5 sweep periods in the key Adult news demo.

 

“The Week” saw its largest May sweep margin in Adults 25-54 in 22 years over “Face the Nation” and in 8 years over “Meet the Press” — since May 2000 and May 2014, respectively.

 

“This Week” (2.622 million) defeated “Meet the Press” (2.389 million) in Total Viewers (+233,000) during a May sweep for the first time in 7 years with its largest lead during the month in 8 years — since May 2015 and May 2014, respectively. 

 

In addition, “This Week” narrowed its Total Viewers gap with “Face the Nation” by 73% (104,000 vs. 385,000) from the year-ago sweep to its smallest margin during the month in 13 years – since May 2009. “This Week” also cut its margin with the CBS program from the previous sweep (-21% – 104,000 vs. 132,000) to its smallest sweep margin in nearly 7 years – since July 2015.

 

“This Week” grew from the year-ago sweep (May 2021) in Adults 25-54 (+4% – 579,000 vs. 555,000) and was the only public affairs program to improve.

 

May 22, 2022

 

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ranked No. 1 in Adults 25-54 on Sunday, May 22, 2022, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “This Week” took the top spot for the 4th week running and for the 6th time in the last 7 weeks. 

 

“This Week” posted increases from the year-ago Sunday in Total Viewers (+11% – 2.625 million vs. 2.365 million) and Adults 25-54 (+2% – 534,000 vs. 522,000), standing as the only public affairs program to grow year to year.

 

“This Week” improved on the previous week in Total Viewers (+2% – 2.625 million vs. 2.573 million) and Adults 25-54 (+6% – 534,000 vs. 503,000), drawing its largest overall audience in 5 weeks since 4/17/22.

 

Season to date, “This Week” is ranking No. 1 in Adults 25-54, leading CBS’ “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” for the first time in 28 years — since the 1993-94 season. 

 

“This Week” is leading NBC’s “Meet the Press” in Total Viewers season to date for the first time in 7 years and by its largest lead in 25 years — since the 2014-2015 and the 1996-1997 seasons, respectively. In addition, “This Week” is cutting its season margin with “Face the Nation” by 21% (274,000 vs. 345,000) to its smallest gap in 12 years — since the 2009-2010 season.

 

NOTE: NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted due to English Premiere League Soccer.

 

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

 

May 2022 Sweep                                      TOTAL VIEWERS        A25-54 (000)/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”                                          2,622,000                       579,000/0.5

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”                                2,726,000                       454,000/0.4

CBS “FACE THE NATION”                             2,389,000                       506,000/0.4

CBS “FACE THE NATION-2”                          2,081,000                      339,000/0.3

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”                              977,000                      226,000/0.2

 

Sunday, May 22, 2022                               TOTAL VIEWERS        A25-54 (000)/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”                                          2,625,000                       534,000/0.4

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”                                PREEMPTED

CBS “FACE THE NATION”                             2,648,000                       468,000/0.4

CBS “FACE THE NATION-2”                          1,924,000                      336,000/0.3

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”                           1,001,000                      207,000/0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 5/22/22, 5/15/22 and 5/23/21 or as dated. Most Current: 2021 -2022 Season (9/20/21 – 5/22/22) and 2020 -2021 Season (9/21/20 – 5/23/21).  *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. Sweeps based on Live+7/Most Current:  May 2022 (4/28 – 5/25/22), February 2022 (2/3 – 3/2/22) and May 2021 (4/29-5/26/21). Sweep periods (November, February, May and July). NOTE: Due to the digital transition, the 2009 February sweep was 3/5 – 4/1/09. 

 

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ABC News Media Relations
Denise Horn
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Pons Rongavilla
ponciano.rongavilla@disney.com

Media Relations

Pons Rongavilla

Ratings/Viewership

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