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, MAY 24, 2009
NEW YORK - May 29, 2009 -"Meet the Press with David Gregory" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program in all categories for the week ending May 24, 2009 according to Nielsen Media Research data. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, delivering 2.908 million total viewers, +9% more (+247,000) than second place CBS "Face the Nation's" 2.661 million, a +24% advantage (+572,000) over third place ABC "This Week's" 2.336 million and a +204% lead (+1,951,000) over FOX News Sunday's 957,000. The NBC program has now placed first in total viewers for 398 of the past 401 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" topped the competition with 102,000 viewers (4.1/12 HH), a +82% lead over CBS' 56,000 (1.9/5 HH), a +209% advantage over ABC's 209,000 (1.4/4), and huge +437% lead over FOX's 19,000 viewers (0.3/2).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.1and 7 share. CBS was second with a 1.8 rating and a 6 share, ABC placed third with a 1.6 and a 5 share, and FOX was last with a 0.7 and a 2 share. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 136 consecutive weeks and 496 of the past 497 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, "Meet the Press" was top rated with 0.8 rating. CBS was second with a 0.7 rating, ABC placed third with a 0.6 rating and FOX was last with a 0.3. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped CBS by +14% (+1 tenth), ABC by +25% (+2 tenths) and FOX by +167% (+5 tenths).
Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" is up in homes (+3%), total viewers (+6%), and W/A25-54 (+10%/+9%) versus the same period last season.
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 311,000 online video streams from May 24 through May 28, 2009. 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 Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Fmr. Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA). The roundtable included Michele Norris, Host of NPR's "All Things Considered," Eugene Robinson, columnist, Washington Post; Rich Lowery of the National Review, and NBC News' Chuck Todd.
David Gregory is moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels is the producer.