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"MEET THE PRESS" RATINGS WIN/4-18-10

NEW YORK - April 22, 2010 - According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program for the week ending April 18. “Meet the Press” attracted 2.981 million total viewers (2.2/7 HH), +12% more (+324,000) than second place ABC's 2.657 million total viewers (1.9/5 HH), a 18% advantage (+445,000) over CBS's 2.536 million total viewers (1.8/5 HH), and a 155% (1.810 million) lead over FOX's 1.171 million total viewers (0.8/2 HH). "Meet the Press" delivered an additional 1.218 million viewers with rebroadcasts on the network and MSNBC.

In Washington D.C., the NBC broadcast was also No. 1, with 144,000 viewers (5.2/16 HH), a +1008% advantage over ABC's 13,000 (0.5/1 HH), a +148% lead over CBS's 58,000 (2.0/6 HH), and +500% more than FOX's 24,000 viewers (1.0/3). 

Nationally, in the key demographics women, men and adults "Meet the Press" topped the competition in each category. Among the key demographic adults 25-54, the NBC program had a 0.8 rating, ABC was second with a 0.7 rating, CBS tied for second with a 0.7 rating, and Fox came in last with a 0.4 rating. 

Last week featured an exclusive interview with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.  The roundtable featured Governor Ed Rendell, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, National Journal's Ron Brownstein, and Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart.

On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 248,000 online video streams from April 18 through April 22, 2010.  The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at www.mtp.msnbc.com) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.

David Gregory is the moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels and Christopher Donovan are the producers.