The last time that This Week beat NBC’s Meet The Press in a November sweep in the 25-54 demo, ABC host George Stephanopoulos was working closely with Bill Clinton in the first year of the new President’s administration and David Brinkley was fronting the show. Otherwise, July 1993 is looking a lot like November 2013 for the pubic affairs show. For this year’s November sweep, the now-Stephanopoulos hosted This Week bested Meet The Press for the first time in 20 years. With a by 21,000 viewer margin of victory in the key news demo, This Week had 787,000 viewers in the demo over the sweep to NBC’s 766,000. back in the summer sweep of 1993, the Brinkley hosted This Week had 1.388 million in the 25-54 demo compared to Meet The Press‘ 1.135 million. Fast forward to 2013, it is worth nothing that the November 24th edition of Meet The Press was preempted by coverage of Formula 1 racing on NBC. Of course it is also worth noting that neither the ABC show nor the NBC took the Sunday political talker top spot. That No. 1 went to CBS’ Face The Nation, which pulled in 1.037 million among adults 25-54 and 3.582 million viewers overall. In terms of total viewers, Meet The Press was No. 2 with 3.002 million over the sweeps period while This Week had 2.911 million. That total audience was the best the ABC show has done viewership-wise since November 2008, up 1% over the 2.871 million it pulled in for November 2012.
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