Ratings report for ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos for Sunday September 20, 2009

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September 24th, 2009

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via ABC press release:

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

For 2008-2009 Season, Third Quarter 2009, and Sunday September 20, 2009

“THIS WEEK” POSTS BEST TOTAL VIEWER PERFORMANCE

FOR A SEASON IN A DECADE AND ENDS SEASON IN 2ND PLACE –

OUTPERFORMING “FACE THE NATION” SECOND SEASON IN A ROW

“THIS WEEK” HAS BEST SEASON AND 3RD QUARTER

PERFORMANCE AMONG SUNDAY SHOWS

“THIS WEEK” BEATS “FACE THE NATION” 9 CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS

AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS

FOR 3Q 2009, “THIS WEEK” CLOSES TOTAL VIEWING GAP

WITH “MEET THE PRESS” BY 68% AND DEMO GAP BY 77%

FOR THE WEEK, ABC IS NO. 2 IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ADULTS 25-54

AND EXPERIENCES MOST GROWTH WEEK TO WEEK

“THIS WEEK” CLOSES TOTAL VIEWING GAP WITH “MEET THE PRESS”

FOR THE 30TH STRAIGHT WEEK

For Sunday, September 20, 2009, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” placed second with 3.08 million Total Viewers and 1.01 million Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. With only 210,000 viewers separating it from NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the ABC program has closed the total viewing gap with the NBC program for 30 weeks since January (210,000 in 2009 vs. 480,000 in 2008). President Barack Obama was the guest on ABC, CBS and NBC.

For the 2008-2009 season, “This Week” placed 2nd, marking the second season in a row it has outperformed CBS’ “Face the Nation” among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. “This Week” also experienced its best total viewer number (3.05 million) for a season since the 1998/1999 season 10 years ago. In the Adults 25-54 demographic, ABC posted its best season average (1.03 million) since the 2000/01 season. Versus the other Sunday shows, “This Week” experienced the most growth season to season – +12% among Total Viewers and +4% among Adults 25-54. “Meet,” in comparison, declined -3% in Total Viewers and -5% in the demo season to season. Additionally, compared to the 2007/08 season, “This Week” narrowed the total viewing gap with “Meet” by 36% and the demo gap by 27%.

For the 3rd Quarter 2009, “This Week” again placed 2nd among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, outperforming “Face” for the ninth consecutive quarter in Total Viewers and for six of the last nine quarters in the demo. Compared to the other Sunday shows, “This Week” had the best quarter performance, declining only -1% in Total Viewers and -6% in A25-54 vs. the same quarter last year. “Meet,” alternatively, dropped -19% in Total Viewers and -27% among Adults 24-54 quarter to quarter. Furthermore, versus 3Q 2008, “This Week” closed the total viewing gap with “Meet” by 68% and in the demo, by 77%.

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

(Average for 08/09 Season)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”              3,050,000         1,030,000/ .8

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”         3,820,000         1,330,000/1.1

CBS “FACE THE NATION”        2,880,000         1,000,000/ .8

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”        1,330,000           500,000/ .4

(Third Quarter 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”              2,690,000          890,000/.7

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”         3,020,000          980,000/.8

CBS “FACE THE NATION”        2,460,000          790,000/.6

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”        1,140,000          420,000/.3

(Sunday September 20, 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”              3,080,000         1,010,000/.8

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”         3,290,000         1,070,000/.9

CBS “FACE THE NATION”        2,740,000           900,000/.7

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”        1,240,000           530,000/ .4

Source: NTI - A25-54 & Total Viewers – Wks. of 9/14/09, 9/7/09 & 9/15/08 Live +SD– 3Q: Live +7 (where available) & Live +SD for 6/29/09-9/20/09 vs. 6/30/08-9/21/08. 08-09 Season: Live +7 (where available) & Live +SD for 9/22/08-9/20/09 vs. 9/24/07-9/21/08

 
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