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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 Aug.1. The NBC broadcast was up week-to-week, attracting 2.810 million total viewers, +18% (+435,000) more than second place CBS' 2.375 million total viewers, a 25% advantage (+564,000) over third place ABC's 2.246 million total viewers, and a +130% (1,589,000) lead over FOX News Sunday's 1,221,000 total viewers. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 451 of the past 456 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).  The program delivered an additional 916,000 viewers with rebroadcasts -- 482,000 viewers on the network and 434,000 viewers on MSNBC.

In Washington, D.C., "Meet the Press" beat the competition combined with 90,000 viewers (3.2/10 HH). The NBC program had +88% more than FOX News Sunday's 48,000 viewers (1.8/6 HH), +260% more than "Face The Nation's" 25,000 viewers (1.0/3 HH), and +718% ahead of "This Week's" 11,000 viewers (0.4/1 HH).

In homes nationally, the NBC broadcast topped the competition with a 2.0 rating and 6 share. CBS came in second with a 1.7/5, ABC in third with a 1.6/5 and FOX was last with 0.9/3. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in households for 549 of the past 552 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).

Among adults 25-54, the NBC Sunday morning program placed first with 944,000 viewers, ABC came in second with 798,000 viewers, CBS was third with 673,000 viewers and FOX News placed last with 457,000 viewers.

Week-to-week, "Meet" saw gains in total viewers (+2%, or +50,000), rating M18-49 (+50%) and rating M25-54 (+14%) and widened its advantage over No.2 Face The Nation in all ratings categories. Versus the same telecast last season, NBC increased in total viewers (+2%, +42,000), rating M18-49 (+20%), and rating A25-54 (+14%). Compared to 3Q’10-to-date levels, "Meet" posted across-the-board gains in homes (+5%), total viewers (+7%, or +181,000), rating W/M/A18-49 (+25%/+50%/+25%), and rating W/M/A25-54 (+17%/+14%/+33%).

Compared to last season, "Meet the Press" has widened its lead over both "Face The Nation" and "This Week" in rating A18-49. Season-to-date, NBC 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 360,000 online video streams from August 1 through August 5.  The "Meet the Press" video podcast (available at ) remains the top ranked network Sunday Morning program podcast on iTunes.

Last week's guests were Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen; Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg (I); Fmr. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; and Fmr. Chair of the Democratic National Committee Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA). The roundtable featured Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and msnbc Senior Political Analyst, Editor-at-Large & Senior Political Analyst for TIME, and Co-Author of "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," Mark Halperin.

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