"Meet The Press" About To Fall Behind "Face the Nation?"
Since mid-September of ’11, NBC’s “Meet the Press” is averaging 3 million viewers; while “Face the Nation” is averaging 2.93 million.
Back in April, CBS expanded Schieffer’s show from 30 minutes to one hour, which is the running length of “Meet the Press” and “This Week.”
In an interview with the AP at the time, Schieffer noted that, shortly after he started as the show host two decades ago, Russert went to his NBC bosses and got them to expand “Meet the Press” to an hour. Russert promised if the ratings did not go up in three months, he’d agree to cut it back to 30 minutes, Schieffer said. The numbers went up, and Russert ruled the Sunday Beltway show ratings until his death.
On the eve of “Face the Nation’s” expansion in April, CBS News execs told the AP that “Face the Nation’s” expansion is, likewise, an experiment — one that will be reviewed after 20 weeks before being made permanent.