"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace knows what it takes to win the Sunday talk show ratings triple crown of total viewers, total households and tops for the key 25-54 age demographic -- a big interview.
He did it once seven years ago when Fox snared former President George W. Bush. But his Sunday win with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was probably sweeter because Netanyahu was on the other Sunday shows as well, and D.C. turned to him for the story.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Wallace was the most watched show in the D.C. market, a big prize because winning Washington not only is a huge feather in his cap, but makes his show the go-to show for public officials looking to get the biggest bang out of their appearances.
Wallace was in 64,000 D.C. area households and was seen by 107,000, including 41,000 in the critical 25-54 age group. NBC’s David Gregory was in 53,000 households and seen by by 73,000, including 33,000 in the critical demographic. It was the first time Wallace swept the ratings since Gregory took over as moderator in December 2008.
Wallace has only once had more viewers in Washington. In February 2010, 132,000 tuned in to watch him interview Sarah Palin.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.