From an NBC press release:
BROADCAST WINS THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 2008 AND CONTINUES TO DOMINATE BOTH NATIONALLY AND IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
(New York) – September 25, 2008 – According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. The program was No. 1, averaging 3.562 million total viewers, +15 percent more (+478,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.084 million, a +31 percent advantage (+848,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.714 million and a +153 percent lead (+2,154,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.408 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 102 consecutive weeks and 366 of the past 367 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). On cable, CNN's "Late Edition" averaged 1,036,000 viewers and the rebroadcasts of "Meet the Press" on MSNBC delivered an additional 690,000 viewers.
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 126,000 viewers (4.8/13 HH), a +133 percent advantage over ABC's 54,000 (2.0/5), a +94 percent lead over CBS's 65,000 (2.4/6), and +174% more than FOX's 46,000 viewers (1.7/5).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.6 rating and 8 share. ABC came in second with a 2.3 rating and 7 share, CBS in third with a 2.0 rating and 6 share and FOX placed last with a 1.0 rating and 3 share. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 102 straight weeks and 462 of the past 463 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show tied with ABC and CBS for first with a 0.9 rating. FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped FOX by +125% (+5 tenths).
The program is up across the board in key demographics versus the same telecast last season and compared to the full 2007/08 season. For the full 2007/08 season, "Meet the Press" leads second-place "This Week" by 44% in total viewers and +41% in A25-54.
Due to Ryder Cup coverage on the network, "Meet the Press" had abnormal start times in some markets. Last week's guests were Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The roundtable was Steve Pearlstein of the Washington Post, and CNBC's Steve Liesman and Erin Burnett.
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" continued its strong performance during the week ending September 20 with over 335,000 online streams and more than 183,000 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.
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.