A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “posted huge advantages over the Sunday morning public affairs competition, winning the week ending Sunday, February 11 in all categories both nationally and in Washington, D.C.” “Meet” topped ABC’s “This Week” by 50%, CBS’s “Face the Nation” by 68% and Fox’s “News Sunday” by 174%.
An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” outperformed CBS’s “Face the Nation” with 2.87 million total viewers. This is the second week “This Week” outperformed “Face” among total viewers and the eighth time this season it outperformed among total viewers and adults 25-54. “This Week” was also the only Sunday show to increase compared to last year, “an impressive 32% in Total Viewers, and 35% in the key Adults 25-54 demographic.”
Another ABC release announced that “Nightline” “continued its growth trend in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic” for the week of February 5, 2007. “Compared with the same week a year ago, ‘Nightline’ increased in Total Viewers compared to last year delivering 3.76 million.”
From a tipster: “The Politico’s press release criticizes ‘other publications’ for hiring “young reporters with scant experience’ to cover lobbying. Up until Cummings’ hire, the Politico’s chief lobbying reporter was Jeff Patch, whose previous experience was one month as an unpaid intern at Roll Call.”
A tipster informs us that Politico is n the Age of Aquarius with lots of has birthdays lately. Yesterday was Carrie Sheffield’s. Tuesday was Samantha Slater’s. Monday was Jim VandeHei’s. Last week was Aoife McCarthy’s.
A reader writes, “Not to belabor the ‘Capitol Hill newspaper cat-fight,’ but if you’re wondering why Roll Call did an Aging policy briefing two weeks after the Hill did one, it’s because every year, RC sets its publishing schedule, then the Hill gets a copy of it and schedules sections on the same topics for a week or two earlier — just so they can tell advertisers, ‘See, we’re doing it first.’ They’ve been doing it for years. Kind of funny, or sad, depending on how you look at it.”
Another reader, “It’s clear who Allbritton’s quote about ‘scant experience’ was intended for. The Hill has hired several business and lobbying reporters recently, and it stated in a recent release that it was the go-to source for B&L coverage in its most recent one (I believe when it hired Ian Swanson). I thought Politico was competing with the Wash Post and NY Times, not those silly little Capitol Hill newspapers. Between this and the political cartoon they ran on their first day, it’s very clear who they are competing with.”