via press release:
"MEET THE PRESS" FEBRUARY 2010 SWEEPS WIN
"MEET THE PRESS WITH DAVID GREGORY' IS THE NO. 1 SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FOR 49 CONSECUTIVE SWEEPS IN TOTAL VIEWERS
For the Week Ending March 7, "Meet the Press" Continues to Top the Competition Nationally and in Washington D.C. and Widens Its Advantage Over CBS & ABC in A25-54
(NEW YORK) - March 11, 2010 - According to Nielsen Media Research data for the February '10 sweep, "Meet the Press with David Gregory" was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program averaging 3.726 million total viewers, +17 percent more (+538,000) than second place CBS' "Face the Nation" 3.188 million, a +51 percent advantage (+1,254,000) over third place ABC's "This Week" 2.472 million and a +185 percent lead (+2,417,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.309 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 49 straight sweeps.
In Washington, D.C. during the February '10 sweep period, the NBC program averaged 130,000 viewers (4.8/12), a +491% lead over ABC'S 22,000 (0.8/2), +103% more than CBS' 64,000 (2.0/5), and a +128% advantage over FOX's 57,000 (2.1/5).
In homes, the broadcast came in first with a 2.7 rating and 7 share. CBS came in second with 2.3 rating and 6 share, ABC in third with a 1.8 rating and 5 share and FOX placed last with a 0.9 rating and 2 share. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in homes for 52 consecutive sweeps (including two ties with ABC).
In adults 25-54, the NBC program placed first with a 0.9 rating for the February sweep, CBS came in second with 0.8, ABC in third with 0.6 and FOX News was last with 0.4.
"Meet the Press" has now placed first in rating women 25-54 for 64 sweeps (6 ties) and first among adults 25-55 for 68 consecutive sweeps (8 ties).
For the week ending March 7, "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 NBC broadcast was No. 1, delivering 3.115 million total viewers, 16% more (+439,000) than second place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.676 million, a +31% lead (+734,000) over third place ABC's "This Week" 2.381 million, and a +149% advantage (+1,865,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.250 million viewers. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 433 of the past 438 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). Rebroadcasts of the program delivered an additional 813,000 viewers (427,000 on the network re-air, and 386,000 on msnbc rebroadcasts).
In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition with 75,000 viewers (2.4/7 HH). The NBC program had a +213% advantage over ABC's 24,000 (0.9/2 HH), a +200% lead over FOX News' 25,000 viewers (0.9/2 HH), and +60% more than CBS' 47,000 (1.6/5 HH).
In homes nationally, the NBC broadcast topped the competition with a 2.2 rating and 6 share. CBS came in second with a 1.9/5, ABC in third with a 1.8/5 and FOX was last with 0.9/3. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 531 of the past 534 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning placed first with 934,000 viewers. CBS came in second with 738,000 viewers, ABC was third with 677,000 and Fox was last with 486,000.
Week-to-week, "Meet the Press" has widened its advantage over both "Face The Nation" and "This Week" in rating W/A25-54. Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" now leads second-place "Face The Nation" by +18% in total viewers and +14% in A25-54 (000).
On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 133,000 online video streams from March 7 through March 11, 2010. 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 guest was Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and the roundtable featured Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, and the National Review's Rich Lowry.
David Gregory is moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels and Chris Donovan are the producers.