via NBC press release:
“MEET THE PRESS WITH DAVID GREGORY” IS THE NO. 1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
Broadcast Continues to Grow and Dominate Nationally and in Washington D.C.
(New York) – January 29, 2009 -According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press with David Gregory” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, January 25 in all categories. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 4.186 million total viewers, +25 percent more (+849,000) than second place CBS’ “Face the Nation” 3.337 million, a +29 percent advantage (+929,000) over third place ABC’s’ “This Week” 3.257 million and a +180 percent lead (+2,691,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.495 million. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in total viewers for 382 of the past 385 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” on MSNBC delivered 623,000 additional viewers.
In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” beat the competition with 151,000 viewers (5.5/13 HH), a +215 percent advantage over ABC’s 48,000 (1.7/4), a +116 percent lead over CBS’s 70,000 (2.0/5), and +148 percent more than FOX’s 61,000 viewers (2.0/5).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 3.0 rating and 8 share. ABC and CBS tied for second 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 120 consecutive weeks and 480 of the past 481 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show again placed first with a 1.1 rating. CBS came in second with 1.0, ABC placed third with a 0.9 and FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, “Meet the Press” topped CBS by +10% (+1 tenth), ABC by +22% (+2 tenths) and FOX by +175% (+7 tenths).
In addition to seeing gains in total viewers and some key demos compared to the same telecast last season, “Meet the Press” is up double digits in every category season-to-date.
Last week’s guests were National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and House Republican Leader, Rep. John Boehner. The roundtable featured The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Michele Norris.
On its digital platforms, “Meet the Press” generated more than 253,000 online video streams from January 25 through January 28, 2009. Traffic to http://www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 574,000 page views for that same time period. The “Meet the Press” video podcast (available at http://www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains a top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.
David Gregory moderator of “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Michelle Jaconi and Rebecca Samuels are the producers.