According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 in all categories. The program was No. 1, averaging 4.035 million total viewers, +12 percent more (+439,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.596 million, a +20 percent advantage (+660,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 3.375 million and a +164 percent lead (+2,505,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.530 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 101 consecutive weeks and 365 of the past 366 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). On cable, CNN's "Late Edition" averaged 1,274,000 viewers and the rebroadcasts of "Meet the Press" on MSNBC delivered an additional 1,095,000 viewers.
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 128,000 viewers (5.0/12 HH), a +228 percent advantage over ABC's 39,000 (2.0/5), a +94 percent lead over CBS's 66,000 (2.2/5), and +191% more than FOX's 44,000 viewers (1.7/4).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.9 rating and 8 share. ABC came in second with a 2.6 rating and 7 share, CBS in third with a 2.3 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 101 straight weeks and 461 of the past 462 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show tied ABC for first with a 1.2 rating. CBS came in second with a 1.1 and FOX came in last with a 0.6. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped CBS by +9% (+1 tenth) and FOX by +100% (+6 tenths).
The program is up in key demos compared to its 3Q'08 average and compared to the same telecast last season the program is up double digits across the board. Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" leads second-place "This Week" by 45% in total viewers and +42% in A25-54.
Last week's guests were McCain supporter and Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Obama supporter and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and NBC News' Political Director Chuck Todd.
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" continued its strong performance during the week ending September 13 with over 474,000 online streams and more than 224,000 downloads. The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.
Tom Brokaw is the interim moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Michelle Jaconi and Rebecca Samuels are the producers.
via NBC press release.
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