"Meet the Press" Posts Largest Year-to-Year Gains Among the Competition in Homes and Total Viewers

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November 20th, 2008

via NBC press release:

Broadcast Continues to Dominate in Washington D.C. – Outperforms ABC by 247%, CBS by 118% and FOX by 179% NEW YORK – November 20, 2008 – According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. The Brokaw-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.592 million total viewers, +39 percent more (+1,296,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.296 million, a +49 percent advantage (+1,515,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 3.077 million and a +182 percent lead (+2,963,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.629 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 373 of the past 375 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). 

In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 198,000 viewers (6.5/17), a +247 percent advantage over ABC's 57,000 viewers (2.1/5), a +118 percent lead over CBS's 91,000 viewers (3.2/8), and +179% more than FOX's 71,000 viewers (2.4/6). 

In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 3.3 rating and 9 share. ABC came in second with a 2.4 rating and 6 share, CBS in third with a 2.2 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 110 straight weeks and 470 of the past 471 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). 

Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show came in first with a 1.2 rating, ABC and CBS tied for second with 0.9 and FOX came in last with a 0.5. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped ABC and CBS by +33% (+3 tenths) and FOX by +140% (+7 tenths). 

"Meet the Press" is up week-to-week and continues to be up double digits across-the-board compared to the same telecast a year ago and season-to-date. In addition, the broadcast has posted the largest year-to-year gains in homes and total viewers among the Sunday public affairs programs. 

On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press'" generated more than 276,000 online video streams from Nov. 16 through Nov. 19, 2008. Traffic to www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 744,000 page views for that same time period. The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes for one year running. 

Last week's guests were Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Auto Caucus; Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; and T. Boone Pickens, Founder and Chairman of BP Capital Management, and author of the Pickens Plan. The roundtable featured New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman; Washington Correspondent For BBC World News America, Katty Kay; NBC News Correspondent Andrea Mitchell; and Host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and PRI's The Tavis Smiley Show, Tavis Smiley.

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