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'Face the Nation' wins crucial demographic among Sunday TV talk shows

November 12, 2009 |  5:02 pm

Schieffer "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer broke major ground in Sunday's most recent TV ratings face-off.

NBC's "Meet the Press," the perennial leader in the morning talk show race, still hung on to the top spot with 3.01 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. But the CBS show with Schieffer won the most viewers in the coveted 25-to-54 demographic.

"Face the Nation" had 910,000 in that group, followed by the NBC show with David Gregory at 900,000 and ABC's "This Week" at 850,000.

In overall viewers, "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos tied "Face the Nation" with 2.65 million.

"Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace remains down below, having barely broken a million on Sunday morning.

However, if you count its two reruns (the show airs later in the day on the Fox News Channel), viewership is much higher -- an additional 2.39 million watched the Fox News airings.

As usual, by the way, The Ticket publishes each weekend's guest lineup at noon Pacific time every Saturday.

-- Mark Milian

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