via NBC press release:
"MEET THE PRESS WITH DAVID GREGORY" IS THE #1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FOR 1st QUARTER '09 - TOPPING ABC AND CBS BY ALMOST 1 MILLION AND FOX BY MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION
Broadcast Marks Its 46th Consecutive Quarter Win in Total Viewers and Households - Its Best Showing Since At Least 1980
More Viewers Tuned Into "Meet the Press" Than President Barack Obama on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, March 29
(New York) - April 2, 2009 - According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press with David Gregory" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning its 46th consecutive quarter for 1Q'09 in total viewers and homes -- its best showing since at least 1980, as far back as NBC research records go. For 1Q'09, the program was No. 1, averaging 4.148 million total viewers, +25 percent more (+819,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.329 million, a +30 percent advantage (+968,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 3.180 million and a +180 percent lead (+2,668,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.480 million.
In homes nationally for 1Q'09, the NBC program placed first with a 3.0 rating and 8 share. ABC placed second with a 2.4 rating and 6 share, CBS came in third with a 2.2 rating and 6 share and FOX placed fourth with a 1.0 and 3 share. "Meet the Press" beat "This Week" by 25%, "Face the Nation" by 36% and FOX by 200%.
Among adults 25-54 for 1Q'09, the NBC Sunday morning show was No. 1 with a 1.2 rating. ABC and CBS tied in second with 0.9 and FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped ABC and CBS by +33% and FOX by 200%.
For the week of March 29, "Meet the Press with David Gregory" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program in all categories according to Nielsen Media Research data. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 3.926 million total viewers, +6 percent more (+226,000) than second place CBS' "Face the Nation" 3.700 million, a +26 percent advantage (+822,000) over third place ABC's "This Week" 3.104 million and a +191 percent lead (+2,579,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.347 million. The NBC program has now placed first in total viewers for 391 of the past 394 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 136,000 viewers (4.6/12 HH), a +42 percent advantage over CBS' 96,000 (2.8/7), a +167 percent lead over ABC's 51,000 (1.8/5), and +339 percent more than FOX's 31,000 viewers (1.2/3).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.8 rating and 8 share. CBS came in second with a 2.6 rating and 7 share, ABC placed third with a 2.2 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 129 consecutive weeks and 489 of the past 490 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show was No.1, tying with CBS with a 1.1 rating. ABC came in third with a 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped ABC by +38% (+3 tenths) and FOX by +175% (+7 tenths).
"Meet the Press" has widened its advantage over "This Week" versus 1Q'09-to-date levels in homes, total viewers and key adult demographics. The NBC program is also up across the board season-to-date.
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 368,000 online video streams from March 29 through April 1, 2009. Traffic to www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 966,000 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.
Last week's guests were Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Sen. John McCain.
David Gregory is moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels is the producer.