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On yesterday’s “MediaBuzz” with Howard Kurtz, “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace spoke about his show, the current state of the Sunday public affairs programming, and rumors that “Meet the Press” host David Gregory may soon be pushed out as host of “MTP.”
Asked how he thinks the network is treating Gregory, Wallace said, “lousy.”
“I think they either ought to say he’s our guy, we’re sticking by him, or they ought to get rid of him, but they shouldn’t put him in this limbo,” said Wallace.
Rumors continue to swirl that David Gregory is out as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook.
“Top political sources” suggest to Playbook that Chuck Todd will replace Gregory, with an announcement being made in the coming weeks.
From today’s Playbook:
“The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. … It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year’s end.”
The New York Post’s “Page Six” first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”
According to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, August 3, NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory was the most-watched Sunday show in the DC market in households, total viewers and the A25-54 demo.
NBC led households and total viewers with 58,000 and 71,000 in the DC market, respectively, followed by “FOX News Sunday” with Chris Wallace in 2nd for both categories in 43,000 households with 58,000 total viewers. In the key A25-54 demo, Univision’s “Al Punto” had 17,000 viewers, second to MTP at 21,000.
While on top this week, compared to the same week last year, NBC was up the least, at +16%. FOX was up +57%, ABC up +55%, and CBS +44%. Univision 40,000 total viewers this week was up +900% to last year’s 4,000 P2 viewers in the DC market.
Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory: “I think it’s a terrific sign. And as you know, the incubation period is somewhere between eight and 21 days. And people spread the disease most when they’re sick, now which is a good thing. And it looks to me like he is now in even a recovery stage or has been able to handle it.”
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control, on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Norah O’Donnell: “I don’t think it’s in the cards that we would have widespread Ebola in this country because the way it spreads in Africa is really two things. First, in hospitals where there isn’t infection control. And second, in burial practices where people are touching the bodies of people who have died from Ebola. So it’s not going to spread widely in the U.S. Could we have another person here, could we have a case or two? Not impossible. We say in medicine never say never. But we know how to stop it here. But to really protect ourselves, the single most important thing we can do is stop it at the source in Africa. That’s going to protect them and protect us.” Read more
While questions have been raised whether NBC “Meet the Press’ ” David Gregory will remain host of the Sunday morning show, “Page Six” reports Gregory met with CNN on Thursday.
The New York Post piece goes on to explain Gregory and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s decades-long professional relationship and personal friendship and quotes a source saying that “CNN is ‘currently testing for a prime-time pilot that could be perfect for David’.”
“Page Six” reported last month:
“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.”
For more, click on over to Page Six.
According to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, July 27th, “FOX News Sunday” moderated by Chris Wallace was the most-watched Sunday show in the DC market in households, total viewers and the A25-54 demo.
FOX posted its second highest total viewership ever in the market with 107,000 total viewers (the highest was Feb. 7, 2010 when Wallace interviewed Sarah Palin with 132,000 in P2+). July 27 was also the first time FOX bested NBC in 7 years, and second time ever. The ratings come days after reports that David Gregory‘s time as “Meet the Press” host is coming to an end.
In the key A25-54 demo, FOX led with 41,000 viewers in the DC market, followed by ABC’s “This Week” with 36,000 and NBC’s “Meet the Press” with 33,000. In total households following FOX at 64,000 was NBC with 53,000 and CBS with 36,000.
This past Sunday, both FOX and NBC had interviews with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ABC hosted Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joined CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Henry Cisneros, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was on “Al Punto.” Highlight’s from the day’s programing here.
See the full numbers after the jump. Read more
The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”
Grove’s analysis differs dramatically compared to what an NBC spokesperson told “Page Six’s” Emily Smith Tuesday night, saying, “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did.” Read more
David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.
According to the New York Post’s ”Page Six,” Gregory could be replaced following November’s Midterm Elections.
A “Page Six” source from NBC said, “The discussion is whether to make a change before or after the midterm elections. Just after the midterms would give the new moderator time to settle in.”
“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ and ABC’s ‘This Week’ in the second quarter of 2014,” according to the report.
For Gregory’s potential replacements as host of the nation’s longest running television program, click here.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” : “The rule of law is that ‘The Constitution’ requires the United States to secure the border. And we’re not doing that. We haven’t done it for years. And we are paying a huge price.”
Sen. John McCain on the topic of Hillary Clinton on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” : “I respect her views. We have had disagreements on a number of issues. But I think it’s my job to work with every president if she, regrettably, attains the presidency.”
Also on “Face,” Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke on the threat of terrorism : “Al Qaeda’s not decimated. The groups operating in Pakistan and now Afghanistan are lethal. They’re growing. We’re about to shut down our ability to detect what they’re up to and hit them before they hit us. This literally is insane given the way the world has fallen apart.” Read more