‘MEET THE PRESS’ RATINGS WIN

‘MEET THE PRESS’ RATINGS WIN
Published: December 31, 2002

photo preview / download ‘MEET THE PRESS WITH TIM RUSSERT’ DOMINATES SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMPETITION IN ALL CATEGORIES

NBC PROGRAM OUTPERFORMS ABC BY 41%, CBS BY 57% AND FOX BY 222%

NEW YORK — December 27, 2002 — According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was again the dominant Sunday morning public affairs broadcast, outperforming ABC, CBS and FOX in all categories. For the week ending December 22nd, 2002, “Meet the Press” averaged 4.037 million viewers, a 41% advantage over ABC “This Week with George Stephanopoulos’” 2.871 million, and a 57% lead over CBS “Face the Nation’s” 2.574 million. For the week, FOX “News Sunday” trailed “Meet the Press” by 222% with 1.256 million viewers.

In homes, “Meet the Press” was also No. 1 posting a 3.1 rating and a 10 share. ABC and CBS had a 2.1/7 and FOX a 1.0/3. The Russert-moderated political discussion program has now placed first in homes for 219 weeks.

Among the key demographics women, men and adults 25-54, “Meet the Press” was also top-rated. Specifically among younger viewers (adults 25-54), “Meet the Press’” 1.2 rating was 50% more than ABC’s and CBS’ 0.8, and a 200% more than FOX’s 0.4 rating.

Last week’s guests were First Lady Laura Bush, Rudolph Giuliani and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Tim Russert is the moderator and managing editor of “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Michelle Jaconi and Erin Fogarty are producers.

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