“This Week” Ranks as the #1 Public Affairs Program in Key Adult News Demo, Leads NBC’s “Meet the Press” by 99,000 and CBS’ “Face the Nation” by 46,000

By ABCNewsPR

Feb 28, 2013 1:53pm

“This Week” Surges Week to Week in Adults 25-54

On February 24, 2013, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” drew 2.565 million Total Viewers and 847,000 Adults 25-54, ranking as the No. 1 public affairs program in the key adult news demo on the final telecast of the 2013 February sweep, according to Nielsen Media Research.  In Adults 25-54, “This Week” outperformed CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +46,000 and NBC’s “Meet the Press” by +99,000.

The ABC public affairs program surged week to week in Adults 25-54 (+23% – 691,000 on 2/17/13) to hit an 8-week high – since 12/30/12.  In fact, “This Week” stood as the only program to increase over the prior week compared to CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-15%) and NBC’s Meet the Press” (-16%).  

“This Week” improved year to year (2.353 million and 773,000, respectively, on 2/26/12) in both Total Viewers (+9%) and Adults 25-54 (+10%).

Season to date, “This Weekis up in Total Viewers (+12%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%) versus its year-ago season averages, delivering its strongest performance in 3 years – since the 2009-10 season. 

February 2013 Sweep

For the February 2013 Sweep, “This Week” drew 2.643 million Total Viewers and 794,000 Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.  For the 2nd year in a row, the ABC public affairs program improved on the year-ago sweep in Total Viewers (+2% – 2.588 million for February 2012), drawing its largest February sweeps Total Viewer audience in 4 years - since March 2009*.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013 TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC ”THIS WEEK” 2,565,000 847,000/0.7
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 2,796,000 748,000/0.6
CBS ”FACE THE NATION” 3,090,000 801,000/0.7
CBS ”FACE THE NATION-2″ 1,671,000 516,000/0.4
FOX ”FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,068,000 416,000/0.4

 

February 2013 Sweep TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC ”THIS WEEK” 2,643,000 794,000/0.7
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 2,960,000 842,000/0.7
CBS ”FACE THE NATION” 3,408,000 1,016,000/0.9
CBS ”FACE THE NATION-2″ 1,688,000 502,000/0.4
FOX ”FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,206,000 454,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 2/24/13, 2/17/13 & 2/26/12 or as dated.  Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 2/24/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 2/29/12).    February 2013 Sweep (1/31-2/27/13), February 2012 Sweep (2/2-2/29/12) and November 2012 Sweep (10/25-11/21/12).   Sweep periods (November, February, May and July).  Note – Due to the digital transition, the February 2009 sweep was held 3/5 – 4/1/09.

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