“This Week” Continues to Close Gaps with “Meet the Press” – Narrows Total Viewing Gap By 50% and Demo Gap by 57% Year to Year

By Coordinator

Jan 8, 2010 1:47pm

“This Week” Is #2 Season-to-Date Among Total Viewers


According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, January 3, 2010 closed the total viewing gap with NBC’s “Meet the Press” by 50% (740,000 in 2010 vs. 1,470,000 in 2009) versus the same week last year. 


Among the key Adults 25-54 demographic, ABC closed the gap with NBC by 57% (270,000 in 2010 vs. 630,000 in 2009) year-to-year.  “This Week” ended 2009 having cut into “Meet’s” total viewing lead 43 weeks out of the year, which did not include the three weeks when ABC was number one). 


Season-to-date, “This Week” is averaging 2.77 million Total Viewers, maintaining its second place rank for the season so far,  outperforming CBS’s “Face the Nation.”


Terry Moran, who filled in for George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, January 3, interviewed Deputy NSC Director John Brennan and moderated a congressional panel with Reps. Harman and Hoekstra and Sens. Collins and Lieberman.  The roundtable featured Ron Brownstein, David Sanger, Cynthia Tucker, and George Will.


George Stephanopoulos is the anchor of “This Week” and Ian Cameron is the executive producer. The program airs Sundays on the ABC Television Network.


(Sunday, January 3, 2010)   TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54 MM/Rtg

ABC “THIS WEEK”    2,720,000    780,000/.6

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”      3,460,000 1,050,000/.8

CBS “FACE THE NATION” 3,010,000    940,000/.8

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,300,000    500,000/.4


Source: NTI – A25-54 & Total Viewers – Wks. of 12/28/09 & 12/29/08 Live +SD.   Live +7 (where available) & Live +SD for STD: 9/21/09-1/3/10 & 9/22/08-1/4/09

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