ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Ranks as Sunday’s No. 1 Public Affairs Program in Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

By Alyssa Bernstein

Sep 5, 2014 12:26pm

Ratings Report for August 31, 2014

ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Ranks as Sunday’s No. 1 Public Affairs Program in Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

Season to Date, “This Week” is up by Double-Digits in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Versus its Year-Ago Season Averages

On August 31, 2014, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ranked as Sunday’s No. 1 public affairs program in both Total Viewers (2.831 million) and Adults 25-54 (891,000),according to Nielsen Media Research.  “This Week” has ranked No. 1 in the key adult news demo for the last 5 weeks and in 12 of the last 14.  In fact, “This Week’s” consecutive run at No. 1 is its longest in nearly 20 years – since 9/18 – 10/8/94.

“This Week” outdelivered CBS’ “Face the Nation”by its largest Total Viewer advantage (+434,000) in nearly 2 years and biggest in Adults 25-54 (+369,000) in over 4 years – since 9/2/12 and 6/27/10, respectively.

“This Week” improved over the previous week (2.811 million and 857,000, respectively on 8/24/14) in both Total Viewers (+1%) and Adults 25-54 (+4%).  “This Week” was the only program to grow week to week versus CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-21%/-37%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (flat%/-4%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (-14%/-17%).

“This Week” also built on it year-ago performance in Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+18%) – 2.706 million and 756,000, respectively on 9/1/13. The ABC public affairs program has turned in year-to-year growth in both measures in 9 of the last 10 weeks.  In addition, “This Week” was the only public affairs program to improve on the year-ago Sunday as CBS’ “Face the Nation” (-9%/-35%) and NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-17%%/-18%) were down, while Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+1%/-18%) was mixed.

Season to date, “This Week” is up by double-digits in Total Viewers (+14%) and Adults 25-54 (+16%) versus its year-ago season averages. “This Week” is delivering its strongest performance in 5 years – since the 2008-09 season. 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” (+2%/flat), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-5%/-6%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+4%/-9%).

“This Week” also leads NBC’s “Meet the Press” this season in both Total Viewers (+212,000) and Adults 25-54 (+73,000), leading the NBC program by its largest Total Viewer advantagein 18 years and biggest in the key adult news demo in 21 years – since the 1995-96 and the 1992-93 seasons, respectively.

NOTE: CBS’ “Face the Nation-2″ was pre-empted due to US Open coverage.

Jonathan Greenberger is Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, and also serves as the Executive Producer of “This Week.” Robin Sproul serves as Vice President, Public Affairs and Executive-in-Charge of “This Week”

Follow “This Week” on Twitter @ThisWeekABC.

Sunday, August 31, 2014                  TOTAL VIEWERS      A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC “THIS WEEK”                            2,831,000                    891,000/0.7
NBC “MEET THE PRESS”                2,437,000                   684,000/0.6
CBS “FACE THE NATION”              2,397,000                    522,000/0.4
CBS “FACE THE NATION-2″                      PRE-EMMPTED
FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”           1,117,000                      330,000/0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 8/31/14, 8/24/14and 9/1/13 or as dated.  Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 8/31/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 9/1/13).

ABC News Media Relations: Heather Riley (212) 456-4396, Heather.M.Riley@abc.com
Disney-ABC Media Relations: Pons Rongavilla (818) 460-5615, Ponciano.Rongavilla@disney.com

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