ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

By ABCNewsPR

Feb 27, 2014 12:07pm

This Week Posts its Largest Total Viewer Advantage Over “Meet the Press” in More than 16 Years

On February 23, 2014, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (3.146 million) and Adults 25-54 (963,000) for the 2nd time in the last 4 weeks, according to Nielsen Media Research.  “This Week” outperformed NBC’s “Meet the Press” by 754,000 Total Viewers and by 156,000 Adults 25-54, posting its largest Total Viewer advantage over “Meet the Press” in more than 16 years- since 8/31/97, based on regular telecasts.  In addition, “This Week” led CBS’ “Face the Nation” by 201,000 Total Viewers and by 119,000 Adults 25-54.

“This Week” improved week to week (2.738 million and 759,000, respectively on 2/16/14) by double-digitsin both Total Viewers (+15%) and Adults 25-54 (+27%).  The ABC public affairs program improved the most from the previous week compared to CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-6%/-12%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-33%/-29%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+14%/+26%).

“This Week” grew year to year (2.565 million and 847,000, respectively on 2/24/13) alsoby double-digitsin both Total Viewers (+23%) and Adults 25-54 (+14%). “This Week” was also up the most in Adults 25-54 from its year-ago telecast compared to CBS’ “Face the Nation” (+5%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (+8%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+13%).

“This Week” surged from its performance on the third Sunday of the Winter Olympics four years ago in both Total Viewers (+31%) and Adults 25-54 (+33%)-2.409 million and 723,000, respectively on 2/28/10).   “This Week” saw the largest gains from four year agocompared to CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-1%/-16%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-35%/-19%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+1%/+2%).

Season to date, “This Weekis up in Total Viewers (+11%) and Adults 25-54 (+4%) versus its year-ago season averages. Growing in both measures for the 2nd year in a row, “This Week” is delivering its most-watched season in 5 years and best news demo performance in 4 years – since the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, respectively.  In addition, “This Week” is up the most from the same point last season in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 versus CBS’ “Face the Nation” (+1%/+1%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-5%/-9%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (flat/-12%).

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC ”THIS WEEK” 3,146,000 963,000/0.8
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 2,392,000 807,000/0.7
CBS ”FACE THE NATION” 2,945,000 844,000/0.7
CBS ”FACE THE NATION-2″ 1,536,000 467,000/0.4
FOX ”FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,310,000 471,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 2/23/14, 2/16/14 and 2/24/13 or as dated.  Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 2/23/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 2/24/13).

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