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MEET THE PRESS Takes Sunday Morning Time Slot with 4.6M Viewers

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"Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs hour on Sunday, January 6, 2013, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Meet the Press drew 3.324 million total viewers, topping This Week by +728,000, the Face the Nation hour by +911,000, and FOX News Sunday by +2,286,000.

MTP delivered an additional 1.248 million total viewers and 566,000 A25-54 viewers with rebroadcasts - 370,000 total viewers and 190,000 viewers A25-54 on the network, and 878,000 total viewers and 376,000 viewers A25-54 on MSNBC.

In Washington, DC, MTP averaged 125,000 total viewers (3.9/10 HH), +221% ahead of the Face the Nation hour's 39,000 (1.6/5), +317% more than This Week's 30,000 viewers (1.1/3 HH), and +363% ahead of FOX News Sunday's 27,000 (0.9/3).

Highlights:

MTP averaged 3.324 million total viewers, +28% (+728,000) ahead of This Week's 2.596 million, +38% (+911,000) ahead of the Face the Nation hour's 2.413 million, +220% (+2,286,000) ahead of FOX News Sunday's 1.038 million.
In homes, MTP delivered a 2.5 rating and 7 share, ahead of This Week's 1.9/5, the Face the Nation hour's 1.8/5, and FOX News Sunday's 0.8/2.
In rating A25-54, MTP delivered a 0.8 rating, +2 tenths more than the Face the Nation hour, +3 tenths more than This Week, and +5 tenths more than FOX News Sunday.
MTP averaged 1,008,000 A25-54 viewers, +48% (+329,000) ahead of the Face the Nation hour, +56% (+362,000) ahead of This Week, and +155% (+613,000) ahead of FOX News Sunday.
MTP outperformed 4Q'12 levels in total viewers (+5%, or +166,000) and +13% in rating Men 25-54.

Sunday's edition of "Meet the Press" featured interviews with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the two chairs of the president's debt commission, Fmr. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) and Erskine Bowles, as well as a roundtable discussion with Freshman Senator AnGus King (I-ME), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), former head of HP and Vice Chair of the NRSC Carly Fiorina, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne.

David Gregory is the moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer Martin is the executive producer, Adam Verdugo is the senior producer, and Chris Donovan and Ilana Marcus Drimmer are producers.

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