via NBC press release:
"MEET THE PRESS WITH DAVID GREGORY" IS THE NO. 1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009
Broadcast Dominates in Washington D.C. – Tops ABC by 114%, CBS by 329% and FOX News by 380%
(New York) – March 12, 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, March 8 in all categories. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 3.954 million total viewers, +17 percent more (+583,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.371 million, a +32 percent advantage (+964,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.990 million and a +200 percent lead (+2,637,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.317 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 388 of the past 391 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). Please note: Sunday marked the switch to Daylight Saving Time.
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 120,000 viewers (4.1/12 HH), a +114 percent advantage over ABC's 56,000 (2.1/6), a +329 percent lead over CBS's 28,000 (0.8/2), and +380 percent more than FOX's 25,000 viewers (1.1/3).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.8 rating and 8 share. ABC came in second with a 2.5 rating and 7 share, CBS placed third with a 2.1 rating and 6 share and FOX was last with a 1.0 rating and 3 share. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 126 consecutive weeks and 486 of the past 487 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show again placed first with a 1.2 rating. ABC came in second with a 0.9, CBS in third with 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped ABC by +33% (+3 tenths), CBS by +50% (4 tenths) and FOX by +200% (+8 tenths).
Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" is up double digits in every category. The program has widened its advantage this season over each of its competitors in rating adults 25-54.
"Meet the Press" generated more than 296,000 online video streams from March 8 through March 11, 2009. Traffic to www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 741,000 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.