Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet the Press
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As the nation adjusted to the increasing restrictions intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus, the largest audience in more than a decade watched NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, which focused on the pandemic and included an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
According to ratings data compiled by Nielsen, 4.657 million viewers tuned in, making NBC’s long-running public affairs show the most-watched on the day, beating CBS’ Face the Nation (4.354 million viewers), ABC’s This Week (3.843 million) and Fox Broadcasting’s Fox News Sunday (1.635 million).
The telecast—an additional 952,000 viewers watched rebroadcasts on NBC and MSNBC, taking the total audience to more than 5.5 million viewers—was the show’s highest viewership in more than 11 years, since January 2009.
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Among viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by advertisers, MTP was the only Sunday morning public affairs show to break one million viewers, delivering a total audience of 1.245 million, followed by Face the Nation (960,000 viewers), This Week (899,000 viewers) and Fox News Sunday (493,000 viewers).
Sunday’s panel discussions were dominated by debate over the government’s response to the Coronavirus, with NBC’s guests including Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Massachusetts General Hospital president Dr. Peter Slavin and Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health.