According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 in all categories. The program was No. 1, averaging 4.266 million total viewers, +30 percent more (+990,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.276 million, a +48 percent advantage (+1,383,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.883 million and a +185 percent lead (+2,767,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.499 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 100 consecutive weeks and 364 of the past 365 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). On cable, CNN's "Late Edition" averaged 1,058,000 viewers and the rebroadcasts of "Meet the Press" on MSNBC delivered an additional 1,090,000 viewers.
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 143,000 viewers (4.7/12 HH), a +134 percent advantage over ABC's 61,000 (2.2/6), a +155 percent lead over CBS's 56,000 (1.8/5), and +72% more than FOX's 83,000 viewers (3.0/8).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 3.1 rating and 9 share. ABC came in second with a 2.3 rating and 6 share, CBS in third with a 2.1 rating and 6 share and FOX placed last with a 1.1 rating and 3 share. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 100 straight weeks and 460 of the past 461 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show again placed first with a 1.2 rating. ABC came in second with a 0.9, CBS came in third with a 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.6. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped ABC by +33% (+3 tenths), CBS by +50% (+4 tenths) and FOX by +100% (+6 tenths).
Compared to the same telecast last season and its 3Q'08 average, the program is up double digits across the board. Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" leads second-place "This Week" by 46% in total viewers and +43% in A25-54.
Last week's show broadcast live from Wilmington, Delaware, and the guests were Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. Joe Biden and New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman.
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" continued its strong performance during the week ending September 6 with over 251,000 online streams and more than 153,000 downloads. The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.
via NBC press release.
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