Chuck Todd’s debut as moderator of “Meet the Press” finished atop the ratings on Sunday morning, giving the program its most-watched week in six months.

According to Nielsen estimates for Sept. 7, “Meet the Press,” which featured Todd’s exclusive interview with President Obama, averaged 2.991 million viewers to lead among the public affairs programs. CBS’ first half-hour of “Face the Nation” ran second (2.772 million), followed by ABC’s “This Week” (2.505 million) and “Fox News Sunday” (1.321 million).

This was the biggest total-viewer advantage for “Meet the Press” over both “Face the Nation” and “This Week” since February (during the network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics). Excluding the Olympics, this marked the NBC broadcast’s biggest advantage over ABC since April 2013 (end of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt) and biggest advantage over CBS since early September of last year.

In the key news demo of adults 25-54, “Meet the Press” averaged 821,000 viewers — a 10-week high — to also finish on top of “This Week” (774,000), the first half-hour of “Face the Nation” (594,000) and Fox News Sunday (356,000).

Compared to the same week last year, “Meet the Press” improved by 19% in adults 25-54 (gaining 130,000) and 11% in total viewers (picking up 289,000).

Todd replaced David Gregory, who had been the “Meet the Press” moderator since 2008.