ABC's "This Week" posts best first quarter results in a decade

Categories: Morning News TV Ratings

Written By

April 2nd, 2009

Ratings Report for ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”

For First Quarter 2009, March Sweep 2009, and Sunday March 29, 2009

“THIS WEEK”POSTS BEST FIRST QUARTER RESULTS IN A DECADE

“THIS WEEK” CLOSES TOTAL VIEWING GAP WITH “MEET THE PRESS” BY 42% FOR FIRST QUARTER 2009 – SMALLEST 1Q GAP SINCE 1998

FOR 1Q 2009 “THIS WEEK” GROWS MOST IN TOTAL VIEWERS

AMONG SUNDAY SHOWS, AS “MEET THE PRESS” DECLINES

For the first quarter, 2009, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” closed the total viewing gap with NBC’s “Meet the Press” by 42% versus 1Q 2008, according to Nielsen Media Research. This is the smallest first quarter gap between the two shows since 1998. With 3.36 million Total Viewers for the quarter, “This Week” posted its highest 1Q delivery in a decade and grew the most among Total Viewers (+13%) versus the other Sunday shows. “Meet” for example, declined 5%. “This Week” placed second among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, outperforming CBS’ “Face the Nation” for the 7th straight quarter in Total Viewers.

For the March 2009 sweep, the first of its kind, “This Week” placed second, beating “Face” by 130,000 Total Viewers.

For Sunday, March 29, 2009, “This Week” closed the Total Viewing gap with “Meet” for the 9th consecutive week (200,000; 19%) versus the same weeks in 2008. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appeared on “This Week” and “Meet the Press,” and President Barack Obama appeared on “Face the Nation.”

Season-to-date, “This Week” continues to rank second, with an average of 3.36 million Total Viewers, a growth of 20% compared to 2008.

Four ABC stations broadcast “This Week” out of pattern last Sunday due to NBA Basketball.

George Stephanopoulos is the anchor of “This Week” and Ian Cameron is the executive producer. The program airs Sundays on the ABC Television Network.


(First Quarter 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK” 3,360,000 1,140,000/.9

NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 4,160,000 1,480,000/1.2

CBS “FACE THE NATION” 3,190,000 1,140,000/.9

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,480,000 550,000/.4

(March Sweep 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK” 3,150,000 1,030,000/ .8

NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 3,980,000 1,410,000/1.1

CBS “FACE THE NATION” 3,020,000 1,070,000/ .9

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,290,000 460,000/ .4

(Week of March 23, 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK” 3,100,000 1,020,000/ .8

NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 3,930,000 1,370,000/1.1

CBS “FACE THE NATION” 3,700,000 1,400,000/1.1

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,350,000 500,000/ .4

Source: NTI

 
© 2014 Tribune Digital Ventures