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'Meet the Press with Chuck Todd' Debuts at No. 1

Chuck Todd’s debut as moderator, and his exclusive interview with President Obama, drew MTP's biggest audience in over six months.

Chuck Todd’s debut as moderator of Meet the Press was the most-watched Sunday public affairs program in total viewers and the A25-54 and A18-49 demos according to Nielsen Media Research data.

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, MTP averaged 2.991 million total viewers and a 0.7 A25-54 ranking, marking its best total viewer delivery since 3/2/2014 and best A25-54 viewer delivery since 6/29/14.

MTP also delivered its biggest total viewer leads over both This Week and the Face the Nation half hour since 2/16/2014 (Sochi Olympics). Excluding the Olympics, this marked the NBC broadcast’s biggest advantage over ABC since 4/21/2013 (end of Boston Marathon bombing manhunt) and biggest advantage over CBS since 9/1/2013.

Weekly Highlights:

  • In total viewers, MTP led the Face the Nation half hour by +8 percent (+219,000), the Face the Nation hour by +36 percent (+785,000), This Week by +19 percent (+486,000) and Fox News Sunday by +126 percent (+1,670,000).

  • In A25-54 rating, MTP beat the Face the Nation half hour and This Week by +1 tenth, the Face the Nation hour by +2 tenths, and FOX News Sunday by +4 tenths.

  • Among A25-54 viewers, MTP outperformed the Face the Nation half hour by +8 percent (+58,000), the Face the Nation hour by +38 percent (+227,000), This Week by +6 percent (+47,000) and FOX News Sunday by +131 percent (+465,000).

Trends and Growth:

  • MTP beat the Face the Nation half hour for the 2nd straight week in total viewers.

  • MTP posted the biggest year-to-year growth in both total viewers (+289,000 or +11 percent) and A25-54 (+130,000 or +19 percent).

  • MTP also showed the biggest week-to-week total viewer gain (+23 percent, or +554,000).

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