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Chuck Todd Wins in ‘Meet the Press’ Debut

sunday shows_304Audiences meeting Chuck Todd for the first time liked what they saw, as “Meet the Press” won in viewers and the A25-54 demo in Todd’s debut September 7.

“Meet,” which featured an exclusive interview with President Obama as well as a return of the press as a prominent part of the show, saw its first win in either category since February, besting #2 CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +219,000 viewers. “This Week” ranked third; “Fox News Sunday” fourth, and Univision’s “Al Punto” fifth.

Compared to the same week last year, “Meet” was up +11% in viewers and +19% in the demo. “Fox News Sunday” saw the most total viewer growth, up +20%, while down -13% in the demo. “Face the Nation” was down -3% in viewers and flat in the demo. “This Week” was down -9% in viewers and flat in the demo. “Al Punto” was down -25% in viewers and up -16% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,736,000 total viewers and 316,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for September 7:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.991M 821K
CBS
“Face the Nation’ 2.772M 763K
ABC “This Week” 2.505M 774K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.321M 356K
UNI “Al Punto” 755K 376K

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In His Debut, Chuck Todd Gets ‘Meet the Press’ Ratings Win

Todd304So far, so good for Chuck Todd and “Meet the Press.”

Preliminary ratings are in for Todd’s debut yesterday, and according to Nielsen’s fast program ratings for September 7, “Meet” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. The program, which featured Todd’s interview with President Obama, drew 2.977 viewers and 804,000 demo viewers. The victory marks the show’s first win in viewers or the demo since February.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Chuck’s first show and are so appreciative of the viewers that turned to ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday,” an NBC spokesperson tells TVNewser. “At the same time, we know that one week does not equal a trend and expanding our regular audience will take a slow build week to week.”

We’ll have the final Sunday show ratings on Thursday.

Chuck Todd’s First ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’

MTPToddChuck Todd opened his first “Meet the Press,” surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia Malika Henderson of the “Washington Post,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report.

Said Todd: “Obviously it’s a pretty big honor for me to be sitting in this chair as the 12th moderator of this program following in the footsteps of the likes of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Tim Russert and, of course, David Gregory.”

“As you can see, we’re making a few changes around here. As I like to say, we’re living in a house as we remodel it, so the program in this studio will continue to evolve over the coming months.”

Todd began the show with his one-on-one with Pres. Obama on the issue of ISIS. He then got reaction from his guests. The second segment included Todd’s Obama interview as it pertained to domestic issues, and again, analysis from the press, including Walter and Stanton, who, like Todd, sports facial hair: “because we didn’t have enough goatees,” Todd joked.

The next block included a new segment called “Who needs Washington?” Kevin Tibbles reported on how Oklahoma City is just one city moving forward without much help from Washington, DC, followed by in-studio interviews with the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tacoma and Pittsburgh — a republican, an independent and a democrat, respectively.

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Sunday Show Ratings: August 31

sunday shows_304ABC’s “This Week” notched a win in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on August 31, besting NBC’s “Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Andrea Mitchell, by +394,000 viewers.” A half-hour “Face the Nation,” guest hosted by Major Garrett, with its second half-hour pre-empted by U.S. Open tennis, came in third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” was the only show to increase in both total viewers and the demo, up +4% and +18%, respectively. “Meet the Press” was down -17% in viewers and -18% in the demo while the shortened “Face the Nation” was down -9% in viewers and -35% in the demo. “Fox News Sunday” was up +2% in viewers but down -18% in the demo. “Al Punto” was down -13% in viewers and up +4% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,944,000 total viewers and 311,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 31:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.831M 891K
NBC
“Meet the Press’ 2.437M 684K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.397M 522K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.117M 330K
UNI “Al Punto” 653K 311K

Sunday Show Ratings: August 24

sunday shows_304CBS’ “Face the Nation” notched a win in total viewers on August 24, besting ABC’s “This Week” by +242,000 total viewers. “This Week” won in the A25-54 demo beating the CBS broadcast by 28,000 viewers.  ”Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Chris Jansing was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, every show but “Al Punto”(-3%) was up in total viewers. “Face the Nation” was up the most in total viewers (+30%) and the A25-54 demo (+20%).  ”Fox News Sunday” was the lone program to lose ground in the demo (-4%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,644,000 total viewers and 560,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS “Face the Nation” 3.053M 829K
ABC “This Week” 2.811M 857K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.442M 712K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.298M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 718K 399K

Sunday Show Ratings: August 17

sunday shows_304ABC’s “This Week” notched a win in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on August 17, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +81,000 total viewers and +246,000 A25-54 viewers. “Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Andrea Mitchell after David Gregory‘s mid-week departure from NBC, was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, all five shows were up in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. “Fox News Sunday” was up the most in total viewers (+46%) and “This Week” was up the most in the demo (+53%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday,” guest hosted this week by Shannon Bream, averaged a combined 2,108,000 total viewers and 487,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 3.021M 1.001M
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.940M 755K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.661M 735K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.306M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 698K 369K

Sunday Show Hosts React to Chuck Todd Hosting ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2Like other news timeslots, the Sunday morning shows are fiercely competitive. But before Chuck Todd takes the reins of “Meet the Press” September 7, his soon-to-be competitors are welcoming him into the fray.

Here’s what a few of them tell TVNewser about Todd’s ascension to “MTP.”

George Stephanopoulos: “Chuck’s been preparing for this his whole career. Great to have him in the Sunday morning mix.”

Chris Wallace: “I welcome Chuck to the Sunday morning wars. Enjoy the last few Saturday nights out you’ll have for a long time. I expect Chuck to be solid competition, which will only make the game more interesting.”

Bob Schieffer: “David and Chuck are both friends of mine so I wish both of them the very best.”

Last night, Todd tweeted his feelings on landing in the coveted “MTP” moderator chair.

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Deborah Turness on ‘MTP’ Change: ‘The Time Had Come For This to Happen’

david gregory_304x200In the wake of the host change at “Meet the Press,” which became official yesterday as David Gregory bid goodbye to NBC and Chuck Todd was officially announced as the show’s new moderator, NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York Times‘ Bill Carter:

[Gregory] will leave the network after a two-decade career, the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, said in an interview on Thursday. “The time had come for this to happen,” Ms. Turness said. She said she had decided on the change after trying to reshape the show under Mr. Gregory. “The numbers just didn’t move,” Ms. Turness said, referring to ratings for the program.

Carter reports that the production side of “Meet the Press” will not see changes “for the moment at least,” with Rob Yarin staying on as executive producer. Yarin has been the EP of “Meet the Press” since Betsy Fischer Martin left the show in 2013.

As Gregory leaves NBC, his colleague Ann Curry — who was ousted from the “Today” show in 2012 — took to Twitter to send him some support: Read more

It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2As expected, NBC News has announced that Chuck Todd will be the next moderator of “Meet the Press.” His first show will be September 7.

“Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set. We have some exciting plans to evolve and update the broadcast under Chuck’s leadership that we will be sharing with you shortly,” NBC News president Deborah Turness wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

Todd joined NBC as political director in 2007 and was named chief White House correspondent in 2008. Todd will continue as political director but “hand over his roles” as WH correspondent and as MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” anchor, according to Turness.

Turness praised David Gregory, who confirmed he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News earlier today, as “an outstanding journalist whose sharp intellect and quick sense of humor have made him a pleasure to work with.”

Andrea Mitchell is slated to host this weekend and “will continue to be a central figure of the broadcast, along with some new names that we will announce in the coming days,” Turness says.

The full note is after the jump. Read more

David Gregory: ‘I Leave NBC as I Came – Humbled and Grateful’

David Gregory has confirmed that he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News:

Still no official announcement from NBC, which is expected to announce Chuck Todd as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” this afternoon or tomorrow. (MSNBC has effectively already confirmed the news.) >Update, 4:50 p.m.: It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of “Meet the Press”

Gregory, who joined NBC News in 1995, has hosted “Meet the Press” for six years, since the death of Tim Russert in 2008. During Gregory’s tenure, the show slipped in the ratings, first losing ground to CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and, more recently, frequently placing third behind “FTN” and ABC’s “This Week.”

No word yet on what is next for Gregory, who was recently spotted meeting with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.

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