Another November Sweeps, Another Meet the Press Win

By SteveK 

Meet The Press with Tim Russert won it’s 40th consecutive sweep for November. Last month Meet the Press averaged 3.504 million total viewers, besting ABC’s This Week (2.780), CBS’ Face the Nation (2.532) and FOX’s Fox News Sunday (1.292).

This month also marked the 60-year anniversary of Meet the Press.

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“MEET THE PRESS WITH TIM RUSSERT”

TOPS THE COMPETITION IN ALL CATEGORIES DURING THE NOVEMBER 2007 SWEEP

WINS 40TH CONSECUTIVE SWEEP

According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
topped the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories
winning the 2007 November sweep. During the sweep, “Meet the Press” averaged
3.504 million total viewers, a +26% advantage (+724,000) over ABC “This
Week’s” 2.780 million, a +38% lead (+972,000) over CBS “Face the Nation’s”
2.532 million, and +171% more (+2,212,000) than FOX “News Sunday’s” 1.292
million. “Meet the Press” has now been the number one Sunday show among
total viewers for 40 straight sweeps.

In Washington, D.C., “Meet the Press” averaged 79,000 viewers (2.9/8 HH)
during the sweep, +27% more than second place FOX’s 62,000 viewers (2.1/6),
a +126% lead over third place CBS’ 24,000 viewers (1.3/4), and +229% more
than ABC’s 24,000 viewers (0.9/2).

In homes, the NBC News program was also top-rated, posting a 2.6 rating and
a seven share topping ABC’s 2.1/6 rating by +24%, CBS’s 1.9/5 by +37%, and
FOX’s 1.0/3 by +189%. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in homes for 43
consecutive sweeps (two ties).

Among the demographics women, men and adults 25-54, the Russert-moderated
program placed first across the board during the November sweep.
Specifically among the key demographic adults 25-54, “Meet the Press” had a
1.0 rating, +25% more than ABC’s 0.8, a +43% lead over CBS’ 0.7, and +100%
more than FOX’s 0.5 rating. “Meet the Press” has now placed first in women
25-54 for 55 sweeps (four ties), first in men 25-54 for 45 sweeps (two
ties), and first among adults 25-54 for 60 straight sweeps (seven ties).

Recent guests have included Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Former Sen. Fred
Thompson (R-TN) as part of the “Meet the Candidate” series; NBC News’ Tom
Brokaw; veteran political strategists James Carville, Mary Matalin, Mike
Murphy, and Bob Shurm; and a political roundtable featuring Ron Brownstein,
E.J. Dionne, Gwen Ifill, and Chuck Todd. “Meet the Press,” the longest
running show in television history, also celebrated 60 years on the air in
November of 2007.

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.

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