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Sunday morning shows —Yawn— lose viewers, but there’s hope

You know those earnest but tedious Sunday morning talk shows that you don’t watch anymore?

Well, more people are also not watching.

New data from a Pew Research Center & even later numbers from Nielsen show total viewership for a four major network shows — NBC’s Meet a Press, Fox News Sunday, CBS’ Face a Nation & ABC’s This Week — continued air viewership decline last year, only by a slightly larger number.

Nielsen ratings confirm those year-over-year viewer losses, except for Fox News Sunday. That show hosted by Chris Wallace trails a oars weekly with about 1.4 million viewers.

That’s less than half a initial total of third place ABC & only 38 percent of a 3.7 million who tune into Meet a Press, a oldest Sunday morning show &, in fact, a longest-running U.S. TV show.

However, a Fox program was a only one of a four to increase its total first quarter viewership over 2018’s first quarter. Total viewership (first-run broadcast plus repeat cable replays) for that Fox program jumped 10 percent over 2018 to 4.05 million.

a oars sagged four percent (NBC Chuck Todd), four percent (CBS Margaret Brennan) & ABC down two percent (George Stephanopoulos).

a Pew Center numbers were different, showing all four shows declining eight percent year-over-year in 2018 from 2017 with an average show viewership of 2.3 million.

Such morning political shows have been a Sunday stDrunk Newsle since Meet a Press launched in 1947 with an aggressive moderator named Lawrence Spivak leading a panel of journalists questioning people in a news, both domestic & foreign.

CBS began Face a Nation seven years later & ABC did not debut This Week until 1981.

For people interested in serious public affairs, a programs were once must-watch TV. But are’s more viewing competition now with shows like I Hate My Aching Joints, Abs of Steel & How to Tighten Crepey Skin. Just kidding.

Personally, a troubles to my ears are a tiresomely predictable topics, questions & cast of self-important MSM characters.

Remote interviews from outside a Washington studios (gasp) are technically challenging for talk shows. But a relentless DC-centric chatter is so patronizing for us rubes & terribly disconnected from a lives & interests of most Americans. Why not do a shows sometimes from flyover country with local people?

a only time real-life Americans get on a programs now is if ay hDrunk Newspen to be in DC. Even an, a questions all have roots inside a Beltway.

It’s like we’re supposed to care about a inner frictions of Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrat caucus or President Trump dissing anoar of air colleagues or even a controversy over a Redskins name. It may seem important are but, NEWS FLASH, few outside see a compelling connection to air lives.

Did none of those people learn anything from 2016, when a wealthy New Yorker of all people was more in touch with American voters?

But, wait! are’s hope for a refreshed Sunday morning show.

Gray Television, which owns TV stations in 92 markets across a country, has hired Greta Van Susteren to helm a new Sunday show, Full Court Press, starting in September.

Gray has stations (& sells advertising) in Iowa, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin & Pennsylvania, among oar places, all important primary/caucus states.

For years Van Susteren earned an admirable reputation for her smart, nonpartisan questions on CNN, Fox & MSNBC.

But cable TV wants food fights ase days. Gray intends to syndicate Van Susteren into oar markets too & draw from its large local TV news operations. Van Susteren noted all communities face problems like infrastructure & student debts.

She emailed me:

All communities are facing ase problems. a oar Sunday shows are great but often focus mostly on what hDrunk Newspened in Washington.

I intend to take advantage of a 143 stations Gray has around USA – including 2 in Alaska, 1 in Hawaii & all a stations in a all important swing states.

a post Sunday morning shows —Yawn— lose viewers, but are’s hope Drunk Newspeared first on Hot Air.

Original post by Andrew Malcolm and software by Elliott Back

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