via press release:
REPORTING LIVE FROM JAPAN, “THIS WEEK WITH CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR”
IS THE #2 PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FOR THE WEEK, OUTPERFORMING NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”
“THIS WEEK” DELIVERS 2ND STRONGEST NUMBERS THIS SEASON
“THIS WEEK” INCREASES AMONG KEY A25-54 DEMO
YEAR-TO-YEAR FOR THE 6TH CONSECUTIVE SUNDAY
On March 13, 2011, ABC News’ “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” which reported live from Japan, drew 3.12 million Total Viewers and 1.08 million Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. “This Week” delivered its 2nd-strongest numbers of the season in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, representing the 2nd-best performance ever in both measures since Christiane Amanpour debuted as anchor of the ABC Sunday program on August 1, 2010.
“This Week” stood as the No. 2 public affairs program on Sunday, beating NBC’s “Meet the Press” in both Total Viewers (+40,000 – 3.12 million vs. 3.08 million) and Adult 25-54 (+110,000 – 1.08 million vs. 970,000). This is the first time that “This Week” has outperformed the NBC program in both measures since 11/29/09. Furthermore, “This Week” outperformed “Meet the Press” by its largest margin in the key adult news demographic (+110,000) in 2 1/2 years – since 9/28/08.
Growing year to year for 4th consecutive telecast, “This Week” was up significantly over its year-ago numbers in both Total Viewers (+40%) and Adults 25-54 (+52%). In the key adult news demo, “This Week” grew year to year for the 6th Sunday in a row.
On Sunday, ABC News “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour reported live from Japan. The program focused on the fallout from Friday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami that caused massive destruction across the northeastern section of the country. While touring the widespread damage that has left thousands homeless, ABC News’ Clarissa Ward and David Muir gave live reports on what dangers still loom. ABC News’ Bob Woodruff also delivered a special analysis on the developing nightmare surrounding Japan’s compromised nuclear power plants. From Washington, Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, and nuclear policy expert Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund examined the international effect of the disaster.
Jake Tapper moderated a special roundtable discussion with ABC News’ George Will, Cokie Roberts, Senior Political correspondent Jonathan Karl, and political strategist Donna Brazile who discussed the current situation in Libya, the domestic deficit, and the controversy surrounding NPR CEO Vivian Schiller’s recent resignation.
Christiane Amanpour is the anchor of “This Week.” The program airs Sundays on the ABC Television Network.
(Sunday, March 13, 2011) TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 MM/Rtg
ABC “THIS WEEK” 3,120,000 1,080,000/0.9
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 3,080,000 970,000/0.8
CBS “FACE THE NATION” 3,410,000 1,290,000/1.0
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 3/13/11. 3/6/11 & 3/14/10.