“This Week” Stands as the Only Public Affairs Program to Show Gains Week-to-Week and Year-to-Year

By Alyssa Bernstein

Mar 21, 2013 12:53pm


On March 17, 2013, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” drew 2.527 million Total Viewers and 704,000 Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.  The ABC public affairs program saw gains over the prior week (2.368 million and 646,000, respectively, on 3/10/13) in both Total Viewers (+7%) and Adults 25-54 (+9%)In addition, “This Week” stood as the only program to grow week to week in both measures compared to CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-15%/-16%), “NBC’s Meet the Press” (+6%/-2%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (-19%/+7%).

“This Week” improved on the year-ago Sunday (2.081 million and 658,000, respectively, on 3/18/12) in Total Viewers (+21%) and Adults 25-54 (+7%), standing as the only public affairs program to post increases in either demo – CBS’ “Face the Nation” (flat/-10%), NBC’s Meet the Press” (-6%/-7%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (-4%/-3%).

Season to date, “This Weekis up in Total Viewers (+11%) and Adults 25-54 (+6%) versus its year-ago season averages, delivering its most-watched season in 3 years – since the 2009-10 season. “This Week” was up the most over the same point last season in both measures versus CBS’ “Face the Nation” (+8%/-5%), “NBC’s Meet the Press” (flat/-1%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+8%/+1%).

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 TOTAL VIEWERS  A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC ”THIS WEEK” 2,527,000 704,000/0.6
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 2,817,000 786,000/0.7
CBS ”FACE THE NATION” 2,682,000 755,000/0.6
CBS ”FACE THE NATION-2″ 1,285,000 430,000/0.4
FOX ”FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 968,000 410,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 3/17/13, 3/10/13 & 3/18/12 or as dated.  Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 3/17/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 3/11/12).

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