via NBC press release:
‘MEET THE PRESS WITH DAVID GREGORY’ IS THE NO. 1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM NATIONALLY AND IN WASHINGTON D.C. FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 5, 2009
Published: April 9, 2009
NEW YORK – April 9, 2009 – According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press with David Gregory” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program in all categories for the week ending April 5, 2009. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 3.335 million total viewers, +6 percent more (+198,000) than second place ABC’s “This Week” 3.137 million, a +9 percent advantage (+288,000) over third place CBS’ “Face the Nation” 3.047 million and a +132 percent lead (+1,896,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.439 million. The NBC program has now placed first in total viewers for 392 of the past 395 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” beat the competition with 91,000 viewers (3.1/9HH), a +90 percent advantage over CBS’ 48,000(1.6/5)), a +102 percent lead over ABC’s 45,000 (1.8/5), and +60 percent more than FOX’s 57,000 viewers (1.8/5).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.5 rating and 7 share. CBS and ABC tied for second 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 130 consecutive weeks and 490 of the past 491 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show was No.1 with 0.9. CBS and ABC tied for second with a 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, “Meet the Press” topped ABC and CBS by +13% (+1 tenth) and FOX by +125% (+5 tenths).
Season-to-date, “Meet the Press” is up in every category and the program has widened its advantage over ABC’s “This Week” in adults 25-54.
On its digital platforms, “Meet the Press” generated more than 196,000 online video streams from April 5 through April 9, 2009. Traffic to http://www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 552,000 page views for that same time period. The “Meet the Press” video podcast (available at http://www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.
Last week’s guests was the CEO of General Motors, Fritz Henderson and the roundtable featured Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Former Speechwriter & Policy Adviser to President George W. Bush; John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times; Katty Kay, Washington Correspondent for BBC World News America; Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of “The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It;” and Dr. Bill Rodgers, Professor and Chief Economist at Rutgers University’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Former Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton.
David Gregory is moderator of “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels is the producer.