“Meet the Press” Dominates First Quarter Ratings

From the release:

    “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” had a very strong first quarter 2007 ratings performance, dominating the Sunday morning public affairs competition by wide margins in all categories both nationally and in Washington, DC. For the quarter, the NBC program attracted an
    impressive 4.121 million total viewers across the country, +37%
    (+1,114,000) more than second place CBS “Face the Nation’s” 3.007
    million, a +46% (+1,302,000) advantage over third place ABC “This
    Week’s” 2.819 million, and a +181% (+2,657,000) lead over FOX “News
    Sunday’s” 1.464 million. The NBC program’s advantage over second place CBS has now increased to 37% from 29% compared to the first quarter 2006. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in total viewers for 38 consecutive quarters.

    In Washington, DC, “Meet Press” was also No. 1 during the quarter,
    delivering 124,000 viewers (4.5/11), a staggering +91% more than second place CBS’ 65,000 viewers (2.4/6), +114% more than FOX’s 58,000 viewers (2.1/6) and +265% more than ABC’s 34,000 viewers (1.3/3).

    In homes nationally, the Russert-moderated program was also No. 1,
    posting a 3.0 rating and an eight share. CBS followed with a 2.2/6, ABC trailed with a 2.1/6 and FOX was last with a 1.1/3. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in homes for 38 straight quarters.

    Among women, men and adults 25-54, the NBC program was top-rated in each category. Specifically in the key demographic adults 25-54, “Meet the Press” had a 1.2 rating, +33% more than CBS’ 0.9 rating, a +50% lead over ABC’s 0.8 rating and a staggering +140% advantage over FOX’s 0.5 rating. The NBC program has now placed first in women 25-54 for 56 consecutive quarters (three ties), first in men 25-54 for 46 quarters (one tie) and first among adults 25-54 for 51 straight quarters (four ties).

    “Meet the Press'” advantage over CBS, ABC and FOX increased compared to the first quarter last year among adults 25-54 (000) – with the NBC program widening the gap over “Face the Nation” from 14% to 30%,
    increasing the gap over “This Week” from 44% to 45% and growing over
    “News Sunday” from 156% to 168%.

    In addition, “Meet the Press” grew more than any of its competitors did compared to last year in the key demo adults 25-54 (000) increasing +5%, while CBS was down -9%, ABC was up 4% and FOX was flat.