Meet the Press Wins Big

NBC is psyched about the performance of ‘Meet the Press’ this past Sunday.

    “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was the dominant Sunday morning public affairs program on January 21, 2007, topping the competition by wide margins in all categories, growing more than any other Sunday show program compared to last year, and posting its best key demographic adults 25-54 rating in nearly three years.

Total viewers:

1. Meet the Press: 4.591 million total viewers
2. Face the Nation: 3.004 million
3. This Week: 2.879 million
4. Fox News Sunday: 1.549 million.

NBC writes that “this represents the NBC program’s best total viewer delivery since February 12, 2006 and its best advantage over second place CBS since November 5, 2006.”

But what about here in DC? Recall that ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” moved from 9am to 10am this past Sunday here in D.C.

1. Meet the Press: 124,000 viewers
2. Face the Nation: 77,000
3. Fox News Sunday: 75,000
4. This Week: 30,000

Obviously, “This Week” will want to improve on that number in the coming weeks. They did, however, fare slightly better in that cherished 25-54 demographic:

1. Meet the Press, with a 1.5 rating
2. This Week, 1.0
3. Face the Nation, .9
4. Fox, .5

NBC:”This represents the NBC public affairs program’s best delivery in the key demographic adults 25-54 in nearly three years, since February 22, 2004.

Read NBC’s release in its entirety after the jump…


    ‘MEET THE PRESS WITH TIM RUSSERT’

    DOMINATES THE SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMPETITION BY WIDE MARGINS IN ALL CATEGORIES

    NBC PROGRAM TOPS SECOND PLACE CBS BY OVER 1.5 MILLION VIEWERS, THIRD PLACE ABC BY OVER 1.7 MILLION AND LAST PLACE FOX BY OVER 3 MILLION VIEWERS

    “MEET THE PRESS” GROWS IN ALL CATEGORIES COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AND HAS BEST KEY DEMO RATING IN THREE YEARS

    “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was the dominant Sunday morning public affairs program on January 21, 2007, topping the competition by wide margins in all categories, growing more than any other Sunday show program compared to last year, and posting its best key demographic adults 25-54 rating in nearly three years. On Sunday, “Meet the Press” attracted an impressive 4.591 million total viewers, 53% more (+1,587,000) than second place CBS “Face the Nation’s” 3.004 million, a 59% lead (+1,712,000) over third place ABC “This Week’s” 2.879 million, and a 196% advantage (+3,042,000) over last place FOX “News Sunday’s” 1.549 million. This represents the NBC program’s best total viewer delivery since February 12, 2006 and its best advantage over second place CBS since November 5, 2006.

    “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 790,000 viewers on the Sunday rebroadcasts on MSNBC.

    In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” was by far and away the front runner, attracting 124,000 viewers (4.4/11), CBS placed second with 77,000 (2.8/7), FOX was third with 75,000 (2.9/7), and ABC’s “This Week” was last with 30,000 (1.0/2)

    In homes nationally, “Meet the Press” was also No. 1, posting a 3.3 rating and a 9 share. CBS followed with a 2.4/6, ABC trailed with a 2.1/6 and FOX was way behind with a 1.2/3.

    Among the demographics women, men and adults 25-54, the Russert-led program beat the competition across the board. In the key demographic adults 25-54, “Meet the Press” had a 1.5 rating, +50% more than ABC’s 1.0, a +67% advantage over CBS’ 0.9 rating and +200% more than FOX’s 0.5 rating. This represents the NBC public affairs program’s best delivery in the key demographic adults 25-54 in nearly three years, since February 22, 2004.

    “Meet the Press” also grew more than any other Sunday morning public affairs program compared to last year – increasing +11% in total viewers. The NBC Sunday morning program also increased in homes (+6%) and in the key demographic adults 25-54 by +25%.

    In addition, for the week ending January 20, the NBC Sunday morning program experienced its highest weekly audio downloads to date, nearly 354,000, topping the previous weekly high by more than 14,000. In addition, “Meet the Press” delivered 179,000 video downloads.

    Last week’s guests were Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Armed Services Committee.

    Tim Russert is the moderator and managing editor of “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Michelle Jaconi and Rebecca Samuels are the producers.