An average audience of 3.949 million tuned in last Sunday to say so long to Bob Schieffer as host of CBS’ Face The Nation – his biggest crowd since January 18. Schieffer’s swan song beat closest competitor, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos-hosted This Week (2.818 million) by more than a million viewers. NBC’s Chuck Todd-helmed Meet The Press clocked 2.469 million viewers.

Compared to the same day last year, Schieffer’s show was up 52% in viewers and 40% in the news demo (802,000). Schieffer went out on top in both metrics, television year to date. His final broadcast featured interviews with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and CIA Director John Brennan.