“This Week” Stands as the Only Public Affairs Program to Grow its Overall Audience Year to Year

By Alyssa Bernstein

Dec 19, 2013 12:18pm

“This Week” posts its First Back-to-Back Total Viewer Win Over ”Meet the Press” this Season

On December 15, 2013, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” averaged 2.861 million Total Viewers and 806,000 Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.  For the 2nd week in a row, “This Week” beat NBC’s “Meet the Press” in Total Viewers (+96,000), posting its first back-to-back Total Viewer win over the NBC program this season.

For the 5th consecutive week, “This Week” was up on the year-ago Sunday in Total Viewers (+1%)- 2.824 million on 12/16/12.  In fact, “This Week” stood as the only public affairs program to grow its overall audience year to year as CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-12%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-21%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (-14%) all posted double-digit Total Viewer losses.  

Season to date, “This Weekis up in Total Viewers (+8%) versus its year-ago season average, delivering its most-watched season in 5 years and 2nd-most watched in 12 years – since the 2008-09 and the 2001-2 seasons, respectively. In addition, “This Week” is up the most compared to the same point last season versusCBS’ “Face the Nation” (+4%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-7%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (-6%).  “This Week” also leads “NBC’s “Meet the Press” by +23,000 Total Viewers, beating the NBC program by its largest overall viewer margin in 17 years – since the 1996-97 season.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013 TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC ”THIS WEEK” 2,861,000 806,000/0.7
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 2,765,000 819,000/0.7
CBS ”FACE THE NATION” 3,314,000 1,018,000/0.8
CBS ”FACE THE NATION-2″ 1,740,000 456,000/0.4
FOX ”FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,301,000 509,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 12/15/13, 12/8/13 and 12/16/12 or as dated.  Most Current 2013-2014 Season (9/23 – 12/15/13) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24 – 12/16/12).

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