'Meet the Press' Bests Sunday Competition

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December 30th, 2008

via NBC Press Release:

Published: December 29, 2008


Tops ABC by More Than 1 Million Viewers, CBS by More Than 1.5 Million Viewers and FOX by More Than 3 Million Viewers

NEW YORK – December 29, 2008 – According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008. The Gregory-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.779 million total viewers, +30 percent more (+1,112,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.667 million, a +53 percent advantage (+1,655,000) over third place CBS's "Face the Nation" 3.124 million and a +204 percent lead (+3,208,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.571 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 378 of the past 380 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). On cable, CNN's "Late Edition" averaged 753,000 viewers and the rebroadcasts of "Meet the Press" on MSNBC delivered an additional 782,000 viewers.

In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 154,000 viewers (4.8/12), a +221 percent advantage over ABC's 48,000 viewers (2.0/5), a +114 percent lead over CBS's 72,000 viewers (2.2/5), and +196 percent more than FOX's 52,000 viewers (1.6/4).

In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 3.3 rating and 9 share. ABC came in second with a 2.6 and 7 share, CBS in third with a 2.2 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 115 straight weeks and 475 of the past 476 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show came in first with a 1.4 rating, ABC came in second with 1.0, CBS in third with a 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.5. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped ABC by +40% (+4 tenths), CBS by +75% (+6 tenths) and FOX by +180% (+9 tenths).

"Meet the Press" was up in total viewers and key adult demographics compared to the prior week's show, and posted across the board gains versus the same week last season and season-to-date. Among the Sunday competition, the NBC program has also shown the biggest growth versus last season in homes, total viewers, rating A18-49 and rating W/A 25-54, widening its advantage over the competition in each category.

On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 234,000 online video streams from December 21 through December 27, 2008. Traffic to www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 780,000 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.

On December 21, the guest was Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. The roundtable featured CNBC's Erin Burnett, NBC's Andrea Mitchell, NPR's Michele Norris and the Chicago Sun-Times' Carol Marin.

David Gregory is the moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Michelle Jaconi and Rebecca Samuels are the producers.

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