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"MEET THE PRESS" RATINGS WIN

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According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program for the week ending July 11. The NBC broadcast attracted 2.569 million total viewers, +2% more (+45,000) than second place CBS' 2.524 million total viewers, a 28% advantage (+563,000) over ABC's 2.006 million total viewers, and a +110% (1,346,000) lead over FOX's 1.223 million total viewers. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 448 of the past 453 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).  The program delivered an additional 1,205,000 viewers with rebroadcasts -- 487,000 viewers on the network and 718,000 viewers on MSNBC.

In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" continues to beat the competition combined with 91,000 viewers (3.3/10 HH). The NBC program had +225% more than "Face the Nation's" 28,000 viewers (1.2/3 HH), +25-% more than FOX News Sunday's 26,000 viewers (1.0/3 HH), and +314% more than "This Week's" 22,000 viewers (0.9/2 HH).

In homes nationally, the NBC broadcast topped the competition with a 1.9 rating and 6 share. CBS came in second with a 1.7/5, ABC in third with a 1.4/4 and FOX was last with 0.9/3. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 546 of the past 549 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning had 0.6 rating, topping "This Week" by +20% (+1 tenth), and FOX News Sunday by +100% (+3 tenths).

"Meet the Press" increased its advantage over "This Week" compared to 2Q'10 levels in homes, total viewers, and rating W18-49 while also widening its gap over "Face The Nation" in rating M25-54. Compared to last season, the NBC program 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 +18% in total viewers and +18% in A25-54 (000).

On its digital platforms, "Meet the Press" generated more than 208,000 online video streams from July 11 through July 15.  The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at ) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.

Last week's guest was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The roundtable featured New York Times columnist David Brooks; Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN); Republican Strategist and Fmr. Counselor to President George W. Bush, Ed Gillespie; and msnbc's Rachel Maddow.

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