NBC, Russert press advantage over foes

'Meet' ends season with advantages over 'Nation,' 'Week'

NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever.

According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. 23, 2002 to Sept. 21, 2003.

NBC show averaged 4.29 million total viewers; CBS, 2.72 million; and ABC, 2.59 million.

“Face the Nation” was happy as well with its showing, having ended the season by taking the No. 2 spot away from “This Week.”

Hoping to win viewers back, ABC News debuted a redesigned “This Week” on Sept. 14. Ratings were up for the premiere, with the show beating out “Face the Nation.”

Returns to No. 2

Last week, however, “Face the Nation” returned to No. 2 in ratings. ABC News defended the show’s performance by saying that due to sports events, “This Week” was preempted in multiple markets.

Execs at CBS and NBC responded to this argument by saying that all the nets face schedule disruptions at some point or other.

In other fringe ratings reports for the 2002-2003 TV season, ABC News said “Good Morning America” posted its strongest viewership in a decade — even though NBC’s “Today” continues to dominate overall. “GMA” also pointed out that it finished within 1 million viewers of “Today” in the key demo of adults 25-54 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

More TV

  • Sony's Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox 'Creates Opportunities'

    Sony's Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox 'Creates Opportunities'

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

  • Mayweather McGregor fight

    Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor Fight Is Second Biggest Pay-Per-View of All Time

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

  • What Disney Bought in the Fox

    What Disney Bought: A Billion-Dollar Breakdown of Assets

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

  • Actor Dustin Hoffman poses for photographers

    Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women (EXCLUSIVE)

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

  • conde-nast-entertainment

    Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Set First-Look Deal With Condé Nast Entertainment

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

  • Alyssa Milano

    Alyssa Milano on 'Charmed,' Brad Kern Allegations, and the Path to Reform

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

  • CBS Showrunner Investigated Twice 2016 H.R.

    CBS Showrunner Investigated Twice in 2016 for H.R. Violations, Employees Say Behavior Continues

    NBC’s Sunday morning gabber “Meet the Press With Tim Russert” drowned out the competish during the just-concluded TV season, posting its second largest audience ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Meet the Press” ended the season with a 58% advantage over CBS’ “Face the Nation” and a 66% over ABC’s “This Week.” Season ran Sept. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content