via NBC press release:
TOPS CBS AND ABC BY MORE THAN A MILLION VIEWERS AND FOX NEWS BY ALMOST TWO AND A HALF MILLION VIEWERS
NEW YORK – February 12, 2009 – According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press with David Gregory” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, February 8 in all categories. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 4.003 million total viewers, +39 percent more (+1,120,000) than second place CBS’ “Face the Nation” 2.883 million, a +41 percent advantage (+1,166,000) over third place ABC’s’ “This Week” 2.837 million and a +150 percent lead (+2,400,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.603 million. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in total viewers for 384 of the past 387 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” beat the competition with 113,000 viewers (4.1/11 HH), a +74 percent advantage over ABC’s 65,000 (2.2/6), a +51 percent lead over CBS’s 75,000 (2.1/6), and +43 percent more than FOX’s 79,000 viewers (2.6/7).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.9 rating and 8 share. ABC and CBS tied for second with a 2.1 rating and 6 share and FOX placed last with a 1.1 rating and 3 share. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in households for 122 consecutive weeks and 482 of the past 483 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show again placed first with a 1.3 rating. CBS and ABC tied with a 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.5. In rating A25-54, “Meet the Press” topped CBS and ABC by +63% (+5 tenths) and FOX by +160% (+8 tenths).
“Meet the Press” is up in every category compared to last week (while both CBS and ABC are down week-to-week); and up double digits across the board season-to-date. NBC is the only program to post year-to-year gains in women/adults 25-54.
Last week’s guests were Sen. John Ensign, Rep. Barney Frank, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Rep. Mike Pence. In addition, the Washington Post’s Senior Pentagon Correspondent, Tom Ricks, joined the program for the second installment of its “Presidential Leadership Series,” exploring the on-going and new challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On its digital platforms, “Meet the Press” generated more than 114,000 online video streams from February 8 through February 11, 2009. Traffic to http://www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 367,000 page views for that same time period. The “Meet the Press” video podcast (available at http://www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.