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 …
The Argo director and star was asked by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer in a segment for the next Face The Nation about his name being bandied about among others for a U.S. Senate run in his native Massachusetts. A seat could open up if John Kerry is nominated and becomes Secretary of State. Affleck is a serious political activist, founding the Eastern Congo Initiative and campaigning for now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the last election cycle. And that’s not counting Argo, the awards-season stalwart that shines a spotlight on U.S.-Iran relations. Interestingly, he never really answers Scheiffer’s question of whether he’d run, saying he’s “got a lot on his plate” (in fact, his response makes one think of the “non-denial denial” scene in All The President’s Men). But really, why would Affleck, a whip-smart guy who’s quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s best directors and has the platform to speak on any topic he wants, give up his lofty perch for a place inside the Beltway, where everything is such a slog? Here’s his exchange with Schieffer:
The trial expansion of CBS’ Face The Nation to a full hour is permanent, CBS News president David Rhodes announced today. The Sunday magazine show had been expanded from half-hour to an hour in the spring for a 20-week trial. “Thanks to the support of viewers that have made it the Number 1 show on the stations that carried the expanded show, we’re able to announce that the broadcast is going to stay an hour into the fall,” Rhodes said, although not every CBS affiliate carries the expanded version. Separately the network also announced Anthony Mason is the new regular co-host with Rebecca Jarvis of the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning.
CBS’ long-running Face The Nation will expand to an hour in the spring, moderator Bob Schieffer announced to viewers on Sunday. The move will put the half-hour weekly staple on an equal time footing with its competitors. “I cannot remember when I’ve been happier to break a story than I am to tell you this,” Schieffer told viewers. The show has been around since 1954, and news division executives have wanted to extend it program to hour for several years. The 60-minute format will remain in place for 20 weeks through the political conventions next summer. Executives then will make a decision on whether to make the change permanent. Meet the Press on NBC, This Week on ABC and Fox News Sunday on Fox are each an hour.