Full Ratings Solidify “Meet” Win / “Face” Boasts Ratings Gains

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “‘Meet’ Scores Big

From the release (for the “Meet” with Laura Bush):

    According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008. The Brokaw-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.753 million total viewers, +8 percent more (+292,000) than second place CBS’ “Face the Nation” 3.461 million, a +10 percent advantage (+339,000) over third place ABC’s “This Week” 3.414 million and a +162 percent lead (+2,319,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.434 million. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in total viewers for 375 of the past 377 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

    In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” beat the competition with 139,000 viewers (4.3/11), a +276 percent advantage over ABC’s 37,000 viewers (1.3/3), a +107 percent lead over CBS’s 67,000 viewers (1.7/4), and +128 percent more than FOX’s 61,000 viewers (1.8/5).

    In homes nationally, the NBC program was No. 1, posting a 2.7 rating and 7 share. CBS came in second with a 2.5 and 7 share, ABC in third with a 2.4 and 7 share and FOX placed last with a 1.0 rating and 3 share. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in households for 112 straight weeks and 472 of the past 473 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

In addition, “Face the Nation” put out a release declaring that it “once again posts double-digit percentage increases across key demographics, scoring its best delivery in both households and viewers since the season premiere.”

    FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER once again posted double-digit percentage increases in all key demographics compared to the same week last season. On Sunday, Nov. 30, the program scored its best delivery in both households and viewers since the season premiere on Sept. 28: +25% in households (2.5/07 from 2.0/05), +35% in viewers (3.46m from 2.56m) and +29% in adults 25-54 (0.9/04 from 0.7/03).

    For the Nov. 30 broadcast, FACE THE NATION placed ahead of ABC in both households and viewers and tied for second in adults 25-54 among the Sunday morning public affairs programs. Season-to-date, the broadcast is up +22% in households (2.2/06 from 1.8/05), +30% in viewers (3.14m from 2.42m) and +29% in adults 25-54 (0.9/04 from 0.7/03) compared to last year.

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