As ever, tragedy is good for news ratings.
via press release:
January 13, 2011
Ratings Report for ABC News’ “This Week with Christiane Amanpour”
For Sunday, January 9, 2010
“THIS WEEK WITH CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR” DELIVERS BEST NUMBERS EVER
“THIS WEEK” DELIVERS STRONGEST NUMBERS IN NEARLY TWO YEARS
IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ADULTS 25-54
On January 9, 2011, ABC News’ “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” drew 3.34 million Total Viewers and 1.11 million Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. “This Week” delivered its strongest numbers in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in nearly 2 years (since 3/8/09), representing the best performance ever in both measures since Christiane Amanpour debuted as anchor of the ABC Sunday program on 8/1/10.
“This Week” saw double-digit increases over the previous week and same week last year (1/10/10) in both Total Viewers (+48% and +21%, respectively) and Adults 25-54 (+34% and +41%, respectively). This is the 3rd week in a row that “This Week” was up over the year-ago Sunday in Adults 25-54.
ABC News’ “This Week” was the No. 2 public affairs program in the key adult news demo on Sunday, beating CBS’ “Face the Nation” by 50,000 Adults 25-54 viewers.
On Sunday, anchor Christiane Amanpour reported live from Tucson, Arizona on Saturday’s mass shooting, in which a gunman killed six people and injured 13 others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Ms. Amanpour had the first interview with Daniel Hernandez, the intern described by some as the hero who assisted Rep. Giffords immediately after the shooting. “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos and ABC News’ correspondent David Wright also joined Ms. Amanpour for the broadcast. Also interviewed were Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Dick Armey of Freedomworks, political strategist Donna Brazile, ABC News’ George Will, and George Stephanopoulos joined Ms. Amanpour for a special roundtable discussion.
Christiane Amanpour is the anchor of “This Week” and James Goldston is the executive producer. The program airs Sundays on the ABC Television Network.
(Sunday, January 9, 2011) TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg
ABC “THIS WEEK” 3,340,000 1,110,000/0.9
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 4,160,000 1,480,000/1.2
CBS “FACE THE NATION” 3,400,000 1,050,000/0.8
FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,330,000 474,000/0.4
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 1/9/11. 1/2/11 & 1/10/10.