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Sunday talk shows race tightening; NBC's 'Meet the Press' still leads

June 5, 2009 | 10:12 am

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In a tight Sunday morning TV ratings race, "Meet the Press" continues to hold on to its lead.

With 2.62 million viewers for the May 31 airing, NBC show host David Gregory, above, leads the pack. Taking the silver medal is CBS' "Face the Nation" with 2.49 million viewers, and the bronze goes to ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

The rankings haven't changed since we looked at the Sunday talk show ratings last month, but the viewership numbers sure have. For some perspective on how close the race is, just 190,000 viewers separate NBC's first-place and ABC's third-place programs versus 410,000 a month ago.

"Face the Nation" is growing a steady following among the 25-54 age group. The CBS show moderated by Bob Schieffer tied with "Meet the Press" for the most viewership for a morning public affairs program in that demographic.

Last week was especially significant for "Face the Nation," which was in its closest competitive position with "Meet the Press" since September, a CBS spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.

--Mark Milian

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