07/24/2014 01:34 pm ET Updated Jul 24, 2014

David Gregory Stuck In Third Place As 'Meet The Press' Rumors Swirl


These are surely not the numbers David Gregory was hoping for on Thursday.

The woebegone "Meet The Press" host is weathering one of his worst periods of press coverage, with rumors running rampant that he is due to be ousted from his job within months. (NBC has called the rumors "false.")

If anybody was wondering why Gregory appears to be on such thin ice, they got an answer on Thursday, when Nielsen's weekly roundup of the Sunday talk show ratings was released.

ABC's "This Week" and CBS's "Face the Nation" battled it out for first place in the total viewer category, with ABC pulling well ahead of CBS in the coveted A25-54 demo. "MTP," meanwhile, was stuck in third — not even part of the conversation.

Gregory cannot have been happy to see such dire numbers just as the chattering class was chattering about his looming firing. NBC cannot have been happy either.