TV Ratings Report for ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"

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September 25th, 2008

ABC via press release spins the Sunday Morning News ratings:

"THIS WEEK" IS #1 FOR THE WEEK AMONG KEY DEMO VIEWERS, BEATING NBC'S "MEET THE PRESS"

FOR THE 07/08 SEASON, "THIS WEEK" PLACES SECOND -- FIRST 2nd-PLACE SEASON FINISH WITH STEPHANOPOULOS AS ANCHOR & FIRST 2nd-PLACE FINISH IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND DEMO SINCE 00/01 SEASON

"THIS WEEK" GROWS ITS TOTAL VIEWER AND DEMO AUDIENCE VS. 2006/07 SEASON

ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" was #1 among the key Adult 25-54 demographic on Sunday, September 21, 2008, outperforming NBC's "Meet the Press, "according to Nielsen Media Research. This is the third time this season that "This Week" placed first among Adults 25-54. Additionally, "This Week" posted 3.08 million Total Viewers, cutting the total viewing gap with NBC by 32% compared to last year. "This Week" also grew 53% among Adults 25-54 and 26% among Total Viewers versus last year. 

Additionally, for the 2007/008 season "This Week" placed second, outperforming CBS' "Face the Nation" among Total Viewers and the key Adult 25-54 demographic. This marks the program's first second-place finish since Stephanopoulos began as anchor in September 2002 and its first second-place finish among both Total Viewers and A25-54 in seven years (since the 2000/2001 season). 

"This Week" also grew among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last season. In the demo "This Week" increased 9%, and among Total Viewers it grew 6%. By comparison, CBS' "Face the Nation" declined among both Total Viewers and A25-54 versus the 2006/2007 season. 

 "This Week" also posted its best 3rd Quarter delivery in seven years. Compared to the 2007 3rd quarter, "This Week" posted double-digit growth, increasing 20% among A25-54 and 15% among Total Viewers. The program placed second, again outperforming CBS' "Face the Nation" among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. 

*On Sunday, September 28, "This Week" will hold a live town-hall meeting with Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ), just 37 days before the election. The broadcast will take place in Columbus, OH and will be moderated by Mr. Stephanopoulos. 

George Stephanopoulos is the anchor of "This Week." The program airs Sundays on the ABC Television Network. 

(For Sunday, September 21)

                           TOTAL VIEWERS       A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC "THIS WEEK"              3,080,000         1,150,000/.9

CBS "FACE THE NATION"        2,710,000         1,080,000/.9

NBC "MEET THE PRESS"         3,560,000         1,140,000/.9

FOX "FOX NEWS SUNDAY"        1,410,000           550,000/.4

Source: NTI 




(Average for 07/08 Season)

                           TOTAL VIEWERS       A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC "THIS WEEK"              2,730,000           990,000/.8

CBS "FACE THE NATION"        2,650,000           960,000/.8

NBC "MEET THE PRESS"         3,940,000         1,400,000/1.1

FOX "FOX NEWS SUNDAY"        1,350,000           610,000/.5

Source: NTI 



(Average for 3rd Quarter)

                           TOTAL VIEWERS       A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC "THIS WEEK"              2,710,000           950,000/.8

CBS "FACE THE NATION"        2,600,000           920,000/.7

NBC "MEET THE PRESS"         3,750,000         1,340,000/1.1

FOX "FOX NEWS SUNDAY"        1,300,000           550,000/.4

Source: NTI

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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