09/08/2014 03:50 pm ET

Chuck Todd Wins His First 'Meet The Press' Week

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Here's a headline that will make NBC happy: "Chuck Todd comes in first."

The new host of "Meet The Press" won the Sunday show ratings race handily during his inaugural outing in the moderator's chair, beating his rivals in both the total viewer and the coveted A25-54 demo categories.

Of course, Todd got help from the natural ratings bump that greets any new show, as well as an exclusive interview with President Obama. But NBC will take it. After all, it beats headlines like "'Meet The Press' Gets Some Of Its Lowest Ratings In Over 20 Years."

(h/t TVNewser)