"Meet the Press" stays on top with new host

Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:40am EST
 
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By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The change in moderators hasn't hurt the standing of NBC's "Meet the Press."

The long-running public affairs program, now moderated by David Gregory, continues to stomp its rivals -- be they ABC's "This Week," CBS' "Face the Nation" or "Fox News Sunday."

"Meet the Press" has been the No. 1 Sunday public affairs program for 378 of the past 380 weeks, mostly under longtime moderator Tim Russert who died of a heart attack in June.

It averaged 4.8 million viewers on December 21, Nielsen said Monday. That's up week-over-week. "This Week" followed with 3.7 million viewers, "Face the Nation" with 3.1 million and "Fox News Sunday" with 1.6 million. (Ratings for this past Sunday have yet to be released.)

Gregory took over as moderator after the December 9 exit of Tom Brokaw, the former NBC News anchor who stepped in on an interim basis after Russert's death.

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<p>David Gregory, NBC News chief White House correspondent and host of "Race for the White House", takes part in the NBC News Decision '08 panel at the NBC Universal summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California, July 21, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>