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Sunday Show Ratings, 3.16.14: CBS on Top, NBC Still Struggling

CBS had their best week of the year in the Sunday show ratings competition last week. “Face the Nation” drew 3.791 million viewers overall, with 1.08 million in the key 25 – 54 demographic. ABC was second in total viewers with 3.565 million viewers, but won the demo with 1.18 million. Meanwhile NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in a distant third, with only 2.657 million viewers overall, and 784,000 in the demo. That’s their worst performance among 25 – 54 year olds all year, and their second worse week over all. Viewership was up 30% for both CBS and Fox compared to last Sunday. ABC saw a 9% increase in viewers, while NBC and Univision lost 8% and 12% respectively. Despite “MTP”‘s continued disappointing performance, NBC News VP Alex Wallace said there were absolutely no plans to replace David Gregory as host. “I cannot be more declarative about David,” she told HuffPo recently. “[He] is our guy.”

Here’s more from our sister site, TVNewser:

“This Week” won in the A25-54 demo for the fourth straight week, its longest demo winning streak in over 19 years.

Compared to the same week last year, CBS and ABC were both up: “This Week” grew +41% in total viewers and +68% in the demo, and “Face the Nation” grew +43% in both total and demo viewers. “Meet the Press” was down -6% in total viewers and flat in the demo. Fox was up +38% in viewers and +5% in the demo. Univision is down in both measurements, -28% and -24%, respectively.

The numbers for March 16:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.791M 1.08M
ABC
“This Week” 3.565M 1.18M
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.657M 784K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.340M 440K
Univision “Al Punto” 666K 312K

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

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‘MTP’ Launches Midweek ‘Express’ Videos, Because Why Not?

We were sitting around our office suite  here at FBDC headquarters the other day, drinking mai-tais and watching archival footage of “Meet the Press,” when we had a thought: “Why aren’t there more places online to watch David Gregory talk about things?” It was a vexing problem that today -thankfully -has been solved.

“MTP” launched a new video series today called “Meet the Press Express (Brought to you by GE).” The videos will feature Gregory and other folks from NBC’s DC bureau drinking “coffee” with “both seasoned and up-and-coming reporters,”  and having “smart, casual conversation about what’s driving the political agenda that week.” You know like Politico’s “Driving the Day,” but sitting down. Or like “The Talk,” but boring.

The web show premier features such DC notables as The Atlantic’s Molly BallRoll Call’s Christina Bellantoni and Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery. And don’t worry -there are plenty of March Madness references. There’s even some “political bracketology,” wherein Bellantoni scrawls the names of Congressmen on a piece of paper and says sports things. Yay news! Smashing sports and politics together in a completely nonsensical jumble that is useless to both sports fans and news consumers is awesome! All in all, it’s an excellent way to spend several minutes of your workday.

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Cardinal Dolan on Michael Sam: “Bravo”

In a pre-recorded interview on “Meet the Press” to air this Sunday, Cardinal Dolan of New York told David Gregory that he had no judgement for gay NFL player Michael Sam.

From the interview:

DAVID GREGORY: Michael Sam, from your home state, the football player, revealed that he was gay, first in the NFL.  And you saw the celebration from the President, the First Lady, and they were saying what a courageous step that was.  How did you view it?

CARDINAL DOLAN: Good for him.  I would have no sense of judgment on him.  God bless ya.  I don’t think, look, the same bible that tells us that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people.  So I would say, “Bravo.”

Cardinal Dolan also said that Pope Francis would probably meet with victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and that he “would be surprised if he did not.”

For the full interview, watch “Meet the Press” this Sunday.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaways: 1) Rankings are unchanged from last month -with the average rate of growth hovering around 2%. 2) The biggest under performer though, was Howard Kurtz, who added only 204 new followers over the course of January. 3) Top performers were Greta VanSusteren with 13,301 new followers, Bret Baier with 10,947, George Stephanopoulos with 9,634, and Chris Matthews with 8,814.

1.) George Stephanopoulos -ABC** – 1,926,327 (+0.5% month over month)
2.) David Gregory -NBC – 1,648,098 (+0.21%)
3.) Wolf Blitzer -CNN – 690,783 (+0.71%)
4.) Bret Baier -FOX – 445,511 (+2.5%)
5.) Chuck Todd -MSNBC – 409,593 (+2.0%)
6.) Greta VanSusteren -FOX – 397,724 (+3.46%)
7.) Jake Tapper -CNN – 319,961 (+2.0%)
8.) Chris Matthews -MSNBC – 232,583 (+3.9%)
9.) Brian Stelter** -CNN – 216,714 (+1.5%)
10.) Andrea Mitchell -MSNBC – 210,936 (+2.4%)
11.) Candy Crowley -CNN – 202,447 (+0.74%)
12.) Howard Kurtz -FOX – 129,247 (+0.16%)
13.) Gwen Ifill -PBS – 70,540 (+2.35%)
14.) Bob Schieffer -CBS – 52,217 (+1.8%)
15.) Judy Woodruff -PBS – 16,475 (+3.72%)
16.) Chris Wallace** -FOX – 0

Click here to see last month’s FBDC Tweeterboard for Washington Anchors.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does, however, have 76,775 followers, a 3.1% increase from last month.

Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows, 1.12.14

ABC’s “This Week” – “And the reality is, things go wrong in an administration.  And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-mode at the time, during campaign-mode you miss a lot of things.  You’re not paying as much attention.  We see that with Benghazi.”  - Rudy Giuliani on how Chris Christie could have not known about the Bridgegate scandal.

CBS’s “Face the Nation” -“I don’t think it’s possible for all of those people to be involved and know and for the governor to absolutely have no communication.  Remember, this was in the midst of his reelection campaign.  Any governor running for reelection is going to want to know about problems that come up.  If for no other reason, to know how to respond when asked a question.” - New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski on why Chris Christie did know about the Bridgegate scandal.

“Fox News Sunday” -”Congressman Southerland, you’re getting the stuffing beat out of you in Florida’s second congressional district over your proposal to require work for people that have food stamps.” – Guest host John Roberts to Rep. Steve Southerland (R -FL).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” – “You said in May of 20– you’re the one who brought up the president and the I.R.S. as a comparison. You said there, “There’s no denying he, the president, he created a culture in his administration that encouraged the targeting of these groups.” There’s not evidence to prove that linkage. That’s your assertion. But if it’s good, if that’s your assertion about tone there, why isn’t it true of Governor Christie setting the tone?” – David Gregory to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

CNN’s “State of the Union” – “I think there might actually be some merit to having greater use of waivers, for example, in work force development and combining those programs with metrics and outcomes so you deliver results. But this notion that somehow by capping the dollars that the federal government puts into feeding hungry children, that somehow that will miraculously multiply the bread and fishes is poppycock.” Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) plans to reform the “War on Poverty.”

Sunday Show Ratings 1.5.14: Schieffer Continues to Kick Ass, Gregory Not So Much

“Face the Nation” continued to be the top-rated Sunday show last week, edging out “Meet the Press” by more than 30,000 viewers. The good news for Bob Schieffer and CBS comes on top of strong 4th quarter numbers released last week. Despite coming in second for that week to ABC, CBS ended the year in first place overall by 420,000 viewers and by 130,000 in the key 25-54 demographic.

By contrast, NBC’s “Meet the Press” is struggling. The show has not won overall in ratings since November 3rd last year -and then just barely. It ended the 4th quarter last year in third place, losing to ABC for the first time in 17 years. Media critics have noted the show’s downward trajectory since 2008, when David Gregory took over, and we here at FishbowlDC have even reported that NBC may be looking to replace him.

For more on this week’s Sunday show ratings, check out our sister site TVNewser, here. For more on the Q4 ratings, click here.

The numbers for January 5:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.45M 1.03M
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.42M 1.00M
ABC “This Week” 3.23M 959K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.48M 485K
Univision “Al Punto” 926K 335K

FBDC FaceRace: Washington Anchors

facebook_logo-300x300Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC analyzed the Facebook pages of some of DC’s biggest television personalities and the results are revealing. First off, the numbers here are a bit more complicated than with Twitter, since some anchors have well-developed personal pages, while others have clearly spent their time developing their shows’ pages. Our analysts decided the fairest way to provide objective rankings was to combine the followers/likes of anchors’ personal fan pages with those of the shows they host. Below are the rankings of Washington-based anchors based on this combined number.

The takeaway: Chris Matthews is the big winner here. George Stephanopoulos technically bests him, but bear in mind that Stephanopoulos is on network TV nearly every day -a fact which no doubt boosts his personal brand. If you compare their DC-based shows side by side, Matthews is way ahead. Moreover, Stephanopoulos is not actually a full-time DC anchor. He spends most of his time in NYC. 

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 271,633 (Personal – 229,775 followers; “This Week” – 41,858 likes*)
2.) Chris Matthews - 228,810 (Personal – 22,266 likes*; “Hardball” – 206, 544 likes)
3.) Greta VanSusteren - 208,596 (Personal – 198,662 likes; “On the Record” – 9,934 likes*)
4.) Bret Baier 201,125 (Personal – 196,594 likes; “Special Report” – 4,531 likes*)
5.) David Gregory - 168,495 (Personal – 20,288 likes; Meet The Press – 148,207 likes)
6.) Gwen Ifill - 161,851 (Personal – 4,822 likes*; “News Hour” – 157,029 likes)
7.) Howard Kurtz - 128,427 (Personal – 127,000 followers; “Media Buzz” – 1,427 likes)
8.) Jake Tapper - 95,760 (Personal – 92,310 followers; “The Lead” – 3,450 likes)
9.) Wolf Blitzer - 86,866 (Personal – 9,850 likes*; “Situation Room” – 77,016 likes)
10.) Chris Wallace - 68,871 (Personal – none available; “Fox News Sunday” – 68,871 likes)
11.) Candy Crowley - 54,701 (Personal – 9,637 likes*; “State of the Union” – 45,064 likes)
12.) Andrea Mitchell - 53,828 (Personal – none available; “Andrea Mitchell Reports” – 53,828 likes*)
13.) Chuck Todd - 40,013 (Personal – 654 likes*; “Daily Rundown” – 39,368 likes*)
14.) Bob Schieffer - 36,877 (Personal – 10,669 likes*; “Face the Nation” – 26,208 likes*)
15.) Brian Stelter** – 8,036 (Personal – none available; “Reliable Sources” -8,036 likes)

*These pages are not verified by the anchor or network.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaway: David Gregory is by far the biggest DC anchor on Twitter. He has more than twice as many followers as  Wolf Blitzer, who is on-air five times a week, and almost as many as George Stephanopoulos who hosts the #1 morning show as well as a Sunday show.

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 1,916,693 (ABC)
2.) David Gregory – 1,644,571 (NBC)
3.) Wolf Blitzer – 685,893 (CNN)
4.) Bret Baier – 434,564 (FOX)
5.) Chuck Todd – 401,637 (MSNBC)
6.) Greta VanSusteren – 384,423 (FOX)
7.) Jake Tapper – 313,717 (CNN)
8.) Chris Matthews – 223,796 (MSNBC)
9.) Brian Stelter** – 213,499 (CNN)
10.) Andrea Mitchell – 206,013 (MSNBC)
11.) Candy Crowley – 200,964 (CNN)
12.) Howard Kurtz – 129,043 (FOX)
13.) Gwen Ifill – 68,919 (PBS)
14.) Bob Schieffer – 51,292 (CBS)
15.) Judy Woodruff – 15,884 (PBS)
16.) Chris Wallace** – 0 (FOX)

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does,however, have 74,457 followers.

BuzzFeed Wonders: Whither the Sunday Show?

Notorious over-GIFer Dorsey Shaw at BuzzFeed thinks that Sunday Shows, as an institution, are doing it all wrong. He’s done some thinking on the matter and come up with some suggestions:

The Sunday show might be here to stay, but the routine of hosts spending the week prepping for one single hour-long show has got to go.

While they wait for the news cycle to decide their show topics, these shows could start producing some quality “web extra” content for the cord-cutters that isn’t just a 10-minute interview with someone who didn’t make the cut for the real show. They could also integrate some more original reporting during the week that then becomes part of the Sunday show.

Finally, the hosts of Sunday shows could actually interact with their audience. Have you seen some of their Twitter feeds? Chris Wallace doesn’t even have a real account. Candy Crowley has tweeted three times since Nov. 24. To his credit, NBC’s David Gregory is actually very active on Twitter and does neat things like#TweetThePress.

We tend to agree. More tweets from Bob Schieffer please! Preferably with selfies included. There is one journo out there, though, that Shaw believes might just be able to save the Sunday Show. Who is it? Find out after the jump…

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NBC Considering Nixing ‘Meet the Press’?

Woah, where did this come from? Claire Atkinson at the New York Post is reporting that NBC News President Deborah Turness is considering “blowing up” their floundering Sunday show:

Turness has been trying to figure out the future for David Gregory’s “Meet the Press,” with options including bringing in MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for a Sunday show, or blowing up the entire franchise and trying something completely different, sources familiar with the situation said.

But while ”MTP” has slipped in recent months from a strong first place in the ratings to third, NBC sources close to the matter tell FishbowlDC that scrapping the show -one of NBC’s marquee brands -is not on the table. They do say though that serious consideration is being given to some sort of shake up -which could include a change of host. Looks like Mr. Gregory oughtta be watching his back.

 

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