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"MEET THE PRESS" RATINGS WIN/2Q'10 AND 6-27-10

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According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press with David Gregory" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning its 51st consecutive quarter for 2Q'10 in total viewers and homes -- its best showing since at least 1980, as far back as NBC research records go. For 2Q'10, the program was No. 1, averaging 2.907 million total viewers, +19 percent more (+474,000) than second place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.433 million, a +24 percent advantage (+562,000) over third place ABC's "This Week" 2.345 million and a +152 percent lead (+1,755,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.152 million.

In homes nationally for 2Q'10, the NBC program placed first with a 2.1 rating and 6 share. CBS placed second with a 1.8 rating and 5 share, ABC came in third with a 1.7 rating and 5 share and FOX placed fourth with a 0.8 and 2 share.

Among adults 25-54 for 2Q'10, the NBC Sunday morning show was No. 1 with a 0.8 rating. CBS and ABC tied for second with 0.6, and FOX came in last with a 0.4. In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" topped CBS and ABC by +33% and FOX News Sunday by +100%.

For the week ending June 27, 2010, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program in all categories according to Nielsen Media Research data. The NBC broadcast was No. 1, delivering 2.821 million total viewers, %17 more (+404,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 2.417 million, a +56% lead (+1,009,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 1.812 million, and a +169% advantage (+1,772,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.049 million viewers. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 447 of the past 452 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage). Rebroadcasts of the program delivered an additional 1,165,000 viewers (456,000 on the network re-air, and 709,000 on msnbc rebroadcasts).

In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" continued to beat the competition combined with 99,000 viewers (3.8/10 HH). The NBC program had a +313% advantage over ABC's 24,000 (1.0/3 HH), a +200% lead over FOX News' 33,000 viewers (1.3/4 HH), and +209% more than CBS' 32,000 (1.6/4 HH).

In homes nationally, the NBC broadcast topped the competition with a 1.9 rating and 6 share. ABC came in second with 1.8/5, CBS placed third with a 1.4/4 and FOX was last with 0.8/2.  "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 545 of the past 548 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

In rating A25-54, "Meet the Press" (0.8) tied with "This Week" and topped "Face The Nation" (0.4) by +100% (+4 tenths), and FOX News Sunday (0.3) by +167% (+5 tenths).

Week-to-week, "Meet the Press" posted growth in homes (+6%) and total viewers (+6%, or +158,000) and widened its advantage over "Face The Nation" in homes, total viewers, and rating A25-54. Compared to the same weekend last season, NBC saw increased deliveries in total viewers (+3%, or +69,000) and rating A25-54 (+14%) and extended its lead over "Face The Nation" in homes, total viewers, rating W/A18-49, and rating W/A25-54. "Meet the Press" widened its lead over "Face The Nation" versus its 2Q'10-to-date average in homes, total viewers, rating W/A18-49, and rating W/M/A25-54. Compared to last season, NBC has widened its lead over both CBS and ABC in rating A18-49.

Season-to-date, "Meet the Press" now leads second-place "Face The Nation" by +19% in total viewers and +19% in A25-54 (000).

On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 165,000 online video streams from June 27 through July 1.  The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at ) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.

Last week's guests was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and the roundtable featured Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Sebastian Junger, author of "WAR"; army combat veteran Wes Moore; Tom Ricks, Contributing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine and author of "The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008"; and NBC Military Analyst Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), the Former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Southern Command.

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