Meet the Press, which unceremoniously dumped host David Gregory last month for Chuck Todd, returned to earth in the ratings with a third-place finish last Sunday.
This came after Todd’s debut the previous week in which Meet the Press won both the total audience and the demo, thanks to an exclusive interview with President Obama.
In Todd’s second week, Meet the Press averaged just 2,589,000 total viewers and 668,000 in the key demo, which was down 13% and 17% from the previous week. CBS’ Face the Nation finished first in total viewers with 3,054,000, while ABC’s This Week won the demo with 947,000.
The drop wasn’t totally unexpected by NBC, which had issued a statement the previous week that while they were pleased with Todd’s debut ratings, “one week does not equal a trend”—and that certainly proved to be the case.
Meet the Press’ ratings drop underscores the huge challenge that Todd faces in trying to revive a show that fell from first to third place under Gregory’s watch.
Todd’s best hope of improving Meet the Press’ ratings may lie in the retirement of Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, but the 77-year old CBS stalwart has shown little sign of slowing down. Therefore, Todd may be stuck in third for a few more years.