via press release:
CBS NEWS’ “FACE THE NATION” CLOSES THE GAP IN KEY DEMOS
“FACE THE NATION” IS FIRST IN ADULTS 25-54 (TIED WITH NBC) AND "BOOMERS" ON OCT. 16
“FACE THE NATION” IS UP +6% IN HOUSEHOLDS AND VIEWERS AND +17% IN ADULTS 25-54 YEAR-TO-YEAR
CBS News' FACE THE NATION closes the gap with NBC, moving into first place in both adults 25-54 (tie) and "boomers." FACE THE NATION posted a 1.9/05 in households with 2.58m viewers, a 0.7/03 in adults 25-54 and a 0.9/04 in "boomers," according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, October 16, 2011.
Compared to the same week last year, FACE THE NATION was up +17% in adults 25-54 (from 0.6/03), up +29% in "boomers" 35-54 (from 0.7/03) and even in households.
Season-to-date, FACE THE NATION is up +6% in both households (1.9/05 from 1.8/05) and viewers (2.66m from 2.52m), +17% in adults 25-54 (0.7/03 from 0.6/03) and +13% in "boomers" 35-54 (0.9/04 from 0.8/03), compared to last year.
On the broadcast, Bob Schieffer interviewed Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. and CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson about the Justice Department’s role in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ operation Fast and Furious. In addition, Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg News, CBS News Chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell and CBS News political analyst John Dickerson discussed presidential politics.
FACE THE NATION is one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television. It premiered on CBS on Nov. 7, 1954. The program broadcasts from Washington, D.C., where Schieffer has spent more than 40 years covering government and politics. He has anchored "FACE THE NATION" since 1991. Guests include government leaders, politicians and global figures in the news.