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Hillary Clinton: ‘Definiton of Talking to Americans’ Not Confined to Sunday Shows

clintonPOLITICO reports exclusive excerpts from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book “Hard Choices,” specifically the chapter on the 9/11/12 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton addresses criticism that she didn’t appear on Sunday morning shows several days after the attack.

Clinton takes aim at people who “fixate on the question of why I didn’t go on TV that morning, as if appearing on a talk show is the equivalent of jury duty, where one has to have a compelling reason to get out of it. I don’t see appearing on Sunday-morning television as any more of a responsibility than appearing on late-night TV. Only in Washington is the definition of talking to Americans confined to 9 A.M. on Sunday mornings.”

The potential presidential candidate writing about her lack of responsibility to appear on Sunday shows adds to previous statements she’s made about the platform: last year during her Benghazi testimony, she “confessed” that going on Sunday shows “is not my favorite thing to do.”

For her book, Clinton is seemingly more favorable to weeknights and weekday mornings. Her first interview goes to Diane Sawyer in a primetime special on June 9; her second to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” June 10. She’ll also do a joint interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on June 17.

Sunday Show Ratings: May 25

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic over Memorial Day weekend, taking home the top spot for the second week straight. ABC’s “This Week” was second; NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted due to coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Compared to the same week last year, only “This Week” is up in both ratings measurements, growing +18% in total viewers and +21% in the A25-54 demo. “Face the Nation” is down -11% in total viewers and flat in the demo, “Fox News Sunday” is flat in total viewers and down -9% in the demo, and Univision’s “Al Punto” is down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,368,000 total viewers and 282,000 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. “This Week” was re-titled due to ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

The numbers for May 25:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.986M 915K
ABC
“This Week” 2.490M 778K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.134M 338K
UNI “Al Punto” 601K 262K
NBC “Meet the Press”

‘Face the Nation’ Wins 2013-14 Season

Face The Nation With Bob SchiefferAlthough the Sunday public affairs shows continue to be in a tight race for the top spot from week to week, “Face the Nation” finished the 2013-14 season first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. It was the best audience in total viewers for “Face” in 21 years, since the 1992-93 season.

ABC’s “This Week” was second for the season, followed by NBC’s “Meet the Press” in third, “Fox News Sunday” in fourth and Univision’s “Al Punto” in fifth.

Compared to last season, “Face the Nation” — which is rated on only the first half hour because it is only broadcast contiguously across about half of the CBS affiliates — was up in both total viewers and the demo.

Sunday Show Ratings: May 18 & May Sweeps

“Face the Nation” took home the top spot in both ratings measurements on May 18. The CBS Sunday public affairs program bested ABC’s “This Week” by +130,000 total viewers and +101,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” is the only show to grow, +6% in total viewers and +3% in the demo. “Face the Nation” (-2% in total viewers / -13% in the demo), “Meet the Press” (-9% / -8%), “Fox News Sunday (-11% / -10%) and Univision’s “Al Punto” (-4%/-19%) were all down.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,747,000 total viewers and 291,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered 1,071,000 total viewers and 493,000 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 May 18:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.87K 821K
ABC
“This Week” 2.74M 720K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.48M 698K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.09M 409K
UNI “Al Punto”" 705K 299K

As for May Sweeps: Read more

Sunday Show Ratings: May 11

A split decision for the Sunday public affairs shows on May 11: CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won in the A25-54 demographic.

With “Meet the Press” preempted for NBC’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League, “Fox News Sunday” was third and Univision’s “Al Punto” was fourth.

Compared to the same week last year, only “This Week” grew in both ratings measurements, up +20% in total viewers and +22% in A25-54 viewers. “Face the Nation” was up +4% in total viewers and down -13% in the demo, while “Fox News Sunday” and “Al Punto” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,738,000 total viewers and 327,000 A25-54 viewers.

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

The numbers for May 11:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.06M 724K
ABC
“This Week” 2.75M 860K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.24M 372K
UNI “Al Punto” 665K 324K
NBC “Meet the Press”

Sunday Show Ratings: May 4

The Sunday public affairs show leaderboard shifts again this week: CBS’ “Face the Nation” took home the top spot in both ratings measurements on May 4.

After two straight wins, ABC’s “This Week” fell back to second. NBC’s “Meet the Press” remained in third, delivering its lowest A25-54 audience in more than 22 years (since the start of Nielsen’s electronic database in 1991).

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” is the only show to grow in both ratings measurements, up +11% in total viewers and +19% in A25-54 viewers. “Face the Nation” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were flat in total viewers and up in the demo and “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,011,000 total viewers and 399,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,053,000 total viewers and 463,000 demo viewers.

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

The numbers for May 4:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.89M 849K
ABC
“This Week” 2.62M 771K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.29M 530K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.01M 285K
Univision “Al Punto” 769K 415K

Sunday Show Ratings: April 27

One year ago, ABC’s “This Week” was third — behind CBS’ “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” — in both ratings measurements. This week, ABC takes home the top spot for the second week straight, with CBS falling to second and NBC falling to third.

“This Week” is the only Sunday public affairs show to grow year-over-year, up +26% in total viewers and +36% in the A25-54 demographic. “Fox News Sunday” is flat in total viewers and down -17% in the demo, while “Face the Nation” (-17% / -12%), “Meet the Press” (-12% / -16%) and Univision’s “Al Punto” (-14% / -12%) are down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,876,000 total viewers and 357,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 513,000 total viewers and 144,000 demo viewers.

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

The numbers for April 27:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.94M 877K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.63M 774K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.20M 658K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.14M 349K
Univision “Al Punto” 708K 345K

Sunday Show Ratings: April 20

On the heels of the news that George Stephanopoulos has signed a long-term deal to remain at ABC News, “This Week” takes home a win in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic for the week of April 20.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” came in second and NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third. Both shows, along with “Fox News Sunday,” were coded as specials due to the Easter holiday. Compared to the same week last year, which was the week of the Boston Marathon bombings, all five shows are down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,618,000 total viewers and 388,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,083,000 total viewers and 294,000 demo viewers.

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

The numbers for April 20:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.62M 776K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.59M 721K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.19M 667K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.15M 371K
Univision “Al Punto” 582K 310K

Sunday Show Ratings: April 13

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both ratings measurements on April 13. ABC’s “This Week” came in second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in second in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, only “Fox News Sunday” was up in both ratings measurements, +25% in total viewers and +26% in the A25-54 demographic. “This Week” was down -5% in total viewers and up +5% in the demo, while “Meet the Press” was down -19% in total viewers and flat in the demo. “Face the Nation” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,893,000 total viewers and 462,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 913,000 total viewers and 352,000 demo viewers.

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

The numbers for April 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.03M 894K
ABC
“This Week” 2.29M 638K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.23M 677K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.27M 420K
Univision “Al Punto” 563K 236K

 

Boston Marathon Victim Leaves Taping of ‘Meet the Press’ in Tears

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings — Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who was also the subject of a CNN profile earlier this week — left a taping “Meet the Press” in tears today.

In a series of tweets, Haslet-Davis said she “politely” asked the show not to use the bomber’s name in the pre-taped interview.

>Update: “Adrianne Haslet-Davis is an inspiring survivor with an important story to share. She was due to take part in a roundtable discussion for Meet the Press with three other participants. She requested that the alleged bombers’ name not be used in the entire program, but given the nature of the discussion we couldn’t make that guarantee,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We regret any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

An NBC News source tells us Deborah Turness, the network’s president, personally called Haslet-Davis to apologize.

“MTP” host David Gregory responded to Haslet-Davis on Twitter, saying the segment was intended to be “a celebration of Boston w smaller focus on whether clues were missed that could have stopped the bombers.” Read more

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