Jake Tapper Leads This Week To First Ratings Victory In Seven Months

For the first time in more than seven months, ABC’s This Week topped all other Sunday public affairs shows in the A25-54 demographic. Usual winner Meet the Press was #2 and 60,000 behind (but was #1 in total viewers.

It was Jake Tapper‘s first victory as permanent guest host – about two months before ABC hands the show over to Christiane Amanpour.

This Week last won the demo on November 22, 2009. Sunday’s show featured an exclusive, and news-making, interview with CIA Director Leon Panetta. This comes a little over a month after the program saw some of its lowest ratings in a couple years.

As Tapper establishes a new, unique tone for the show (complete with fact-checks and live-tweeting), the program now sees a major ratings victory. But Amanpour’s takeover in late August is looming – in fact, it is very much at the forefront of ABC’s promotional efforts. Immediately after Sunday’s This Week ended, a promo for Amanpour aired.

We’ve written about some of the dissension and confusion of those at ABC News over Amanpour’s hire. As her start date approaches, ratings victories for the program bring up another issue: can she keep up the ratings Tapper has brought since he’s taken over as permanent fill-in?

Here are the full ratings:

ABC “THIS WEEK” 2,420,000 990,000/.8
CBS “FACE THE NATION” 1,810,000 560,000/.4
NBC “MEET THE PRESS” 2,820,000 930,000/.8
FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” 1,050,000 420,000/.3

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