via NBC press release:
'MEET THE PRESS WITH DAVID GREGORY' IS THE NO. 1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM IN ALL CATEGORIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009
THE NBC PROGRAM DOMINATES IN WASHINGTON D.C. – TOPPING CBS BY 163%, ABC BY 188% AND FOX NEWS BY 426%
NEW YORK – April 30, 2009 –"Meet the Press with David Gregory" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program in all categories for the week ending April 26, 2009 according to Neilsen Media Research data. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, delivering 3.240 million total viewers, +15% more (+411,000) than second place CBS "Face the Nation's" 2.829 million, a +16% advantage (+453,000) over third place ABC "This Week's" 2.787 million and a +178% lead (+2,076,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.164 million. The NBC program has now placed first in total viewers for 394 of the past 397 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" dominated the competition with 121,000 viewers (4.4/13 HH), a +163% lead over CBS' 46,000 (1.4/4 HH), a +188% advantage over ABC's 42,000 (1.8/5), and huge +426% lead over FOX's 23,000 viewers (0.8/2).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.3and 7 share. CBS and ABC tied for second with a 1.9 rating and 6 share and FOX was last with a 0.9 rating and 3 share. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 132 consecutive weeks and 492 of the past 493 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, "Meet the Press" was top rated with 0.9 rating. CBS was second with a 0.8 rating, ABC placed third with a 0.7 rating and FOX was last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped CBS by +13% (+1 tenth), ABC by +29% (+2 tenths) and FOX by +125% (+5 tenths).
Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" is up in homes (+7%), total viewers (+10%), rating W/A18-49 (+13%/+13%) and W/A25-54 (+20%/+9%) versus the same period last season.
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 304,000 online video streams from April 26 through April 30, 2009. Traffic to www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 600,000 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 show featured exclusive interviews with Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary and King Abdullah II of Jordan. The roundtable included Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and Jon Meacham, Editor, Newsweek magazine.
David Gregory is moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels is the producer.