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"MEET THE PRESS" RATINGS WIN/3-14-10

"Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program in all categories for the week ending March 14, 2010 according to Nielsen Media Research data. The NBC broadcast was No. 1, delivering 3.040 million total viewers, 35% more (+786,000) than second place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.254 million, a +37% lead (+813,000) over third place ABC's "This Week" 2.227 million, and a +168% advantage (+1,905,00) over FOX News Sunday's 1.135 million viewers. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 434 of the past 439 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). Rebroadcasts of the program delivered an additional 982,000 viewers (440,000 on the network re-air, and 542,000 on msnbc rebroadcasts).

In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition combined with 130,000 viewers (4.6/12HH). The NBC program had a whopping +1082% advantage over ABC's 11,000 (0.4/1 HH), a +242% lead over FOX News' 41,000 viewers (1.5/4 HH), and +91% more than CBS' 38,000 (1.5/4 HH).

In homes nationally, the NBC broadcast topped the competition with a 2.2 rating and 7 share. CBS and ABC tied for second with a 1.6/5 and FOX was last with 0.8/3. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 532 of the past 535 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning program was first with 876,000 viewers. ABC was second with 711,000 viewers, CBS third with 629,000 viewers and FOX News was last with 399,000 viewers.

Week-to-week, "Meet the Press" widened its advantage over both "Face The Nation" and "This Week" in homes, total viewers, rating M18-49, and rating M25-54. NBC also increased its gap over ABC and CBS versus 1Q'10 and season-to-date levels in homes, total viewers, rating W/M18-49.

Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" now leads second-place "Face The Nation" by +18% in total viewers and +15% in A25-54 (000).

On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 280,000 online video streams from March 14 through March 18, 2010. The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at ) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.

Last week's guests were President Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod; House Democratic Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Senate Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); and former senior adviser to President Bush Karl Rove. The roundtable featured New York Times columnists, David Brooks and Tom Friedman.

Tom Brokaw was guest moderator of "Meet the Press" on Sunday, March 14. Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels and Chris Donovan are the producers.