ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" is No. 1 in Adults 25-54 with its Strongest Performance in 1 1/2 years

On October 7, 2012, ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" drew 3.024 million Total Viewers and 1.033 million Adults 25-54, ranking as the No. 1 public affairs program in the key adult news demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the 2nd week in a row, "This Week" saw gains week to week (2.590 million and 748,000, respectively, on 9/30/12) in both Total Viewers (+17%) and Adults 25-54 (+38%) to deliver its strongest performance in 1 1/2 years - since 3/13/11 .

"This Week" surged from the year-ago Sunday by 30% in Total Viewers and by 45% Adults 25-54 - 2.335 million and 710,000, respectively, on 10/09/11 . In fact, the ABC public affairs program grew the most year to year compared to CBS' "Face the Nation" (+1%/-23%) and NBC's "Meet the Press" (+12%/+15%).

"This Week" outperformed CBS' "Face the Nation" in both Total Viewers (+173,000) and Adults 25-54 (+249,000) , turning in its largest news demo lead over the CBS program in more than 2 years - since 6/27/10.

"This Week" beat NBC's "Meet the Press" by its largest Adults 25-54 advantage (+100,000) in 1 1/2 years - since 3/13/11 .

Two weeks into the 2012-13 season, "This Week" stands as the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program in Adults 25-54, leading CBS' "Face the Nation" by +19,000 demo viewers and NBC's "Meet the Press" by +30,000 demo viewers.

Season to date," This Week" is up sharply in Total Viewers (+33%) and Adults 25-54 (+55%) versus its year-ago season averages, delivering its strongest numbers in 5 years - since the 2008-09 season.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012 TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC "THIS WEEK" 3,024,000 1,033,000/0.9
NBC "MEET THE PRESS" 3,048,000 933,000/0.8
CBS "FACE THE NATION" 2,851,000 784,000/0.7
CBS "FACE THE NATION-2? 1,176,000 296,000/0.2
FOX "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" 1,477,000 576,000/0.5

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 10/7/12, 9/30/12 & 10/9/11 or as dated. Most Current - 2012-2013 Season (9/24 - 10/7/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 - 10/2/11).

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