NBC's 'Meet the Press' Losing in Ratings to ABC

Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 02:01 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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NBC News' "Today" and "Meet the Press" are facing ratings losses to ABC's news programming, with both signature programs losing to ABC's offerings for a full season for the first time since the 1990s.

ABC News confirmed their show "Good Morning America" came in ahead of the "Today" show for a full season for the first time since the early 1990s, The Huffington Post reports. Meanwhile, on Friday, ABC also announced its Sunday show, "This Week," defeated "Meet the Press" in two key ratings categories for an entire quarter.

"This Week's" win was only narrow, with 2.532 million total viewers compared to 2.513 million for "Meet the Press," but the win was the first since 1997 and capped a few months that the show, hosted by David Gregory, has seen some if its lowest ratings in years.

"Today" responded to the news with a press release noting that it posted higher year-on-year ratings growth in the coveted 25-54 age group this past week than "GMA" did, but ABC pointed out that its overall ratings are continuing to climb for the morning crowd.

The show notched its first win in the 25-54 demographic in the past 20 years, scoring its first total-viewership victory in 19 years.

GMA scored 1.97 million viewers between the ages of 25-54, with today averaging 1,884 million. "CBS This Morning" took third place, with 998,000 viewers in the demographic.

GMA was also the top show overall, with 5.3 million viewers, beating Today with 4.612 million and This Morning, which came in third with 2.77 million.

The ABC program has been climbing in the ratings for some time, but "Meet the Press" is normally the dominant Sunday morning talk show between the two. Bob Schieffer's "Face the Nation," though, came in first for the season for the first time since the Nielsen rating service was introduced in 1987.

NBC did have good news for its evening broadcasts, with Brian Williams coming in ahead of Diane Sawyer, whose "World News" has been inching closer to "NBC Nightly News" than at any point since 2008, but still not enough to take the ratings war.

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