via NBC press release:
THE NBC PROGRAM DOMINATES IN WASHINGTON D.C. – TOPPING ABC BY 243%, CBS BY 109% AND FOX NEWS BY 140%
NEW YORK – February 20, 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 15 in all categories. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 4.012 million total viewers, +27 percent more (+863,000) than second place ABC’s “This Week” 3.149 million, a +36 percent advantage (+1,057,000) over third place CBS’ “Face The Nation” 2.955 million and a +145 percent lead (+2,377,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.635 million. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in total viewers for 385 of the past 388 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” beat the competition with 161,000 viewers (5.6/14 HH), a +243 percent advantage over ABC’s 47,000 (1.8/5), a +109 percent lead over CBS’s 77,000 (2.0/5), and +140 percent more than FOX’s 67,000 viewers (2.4/6).
In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.9 rating and 8 share. ABC came in second with a 2.3 rating and 6 share, CBS placed third with a 2.0 rating and 5 share and FOX was last with a 1.1 rating and 3 share. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in households for 123 consecutive weeks and 483 of the past 484 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).
Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning show again placed first with a 1.1 rating. ABC came in second with a 0.9, CBS placed third with 0.8 and FOX came in last with a 0.5. In rating A25-54, “Meet the Press” topped ABC by +22% (+2 tenths), CBS by +38% (+3 tenths) and FOX by +120% (+6 tenths).
“Meet the Press” is up in total viewers compared to last week and up double digits across the board season-to-date. In addition to widening its advantage this season over each of its competitors in rating W/A25-54, the NBC program has also increased its advantage over both CBS and ABC in homes, total viewers, and rating W25-54 versus 1Q’09 to date levels.
Last week’s guest was senior adviser to President Obama David Axelrod. The roundtable featured National Journal’s Ron Brownstein, The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Politico’s Roger Simon, and The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel.
On its digital platforms, “Meet the Press” generated more than 250,000 online video streams from February 15 through February 19, 2009. Traffic to http://www.mtp.msnbc.com was at more than 714,000 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.
David Gregory moderator of “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels is the producer.