Newspapers Run 8 of Top 20 News Sites

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Eight of the top 20 news Web sites in the U.S. during January were affiliated with newspapers, according to audience statistics from Nielsen//NetRatings.

The top news sites in terms of audience for January were MSNBC.com, AOL News, Yahoo! News, CNN General News, and ABCNews.com. When aggregated, Gannett’s newspaper sites ranked 6th, followed by NYTimes.com at 7th, washingtonpost.com in 9th place, and USAToday.com in 10th.

The rankings of current events and news sites were based on a panel of 60,000-plus Americans accessing the Web at work and home.

Four newspaper-affiliated sites also showed up in the top 20 directories/local guides category as ranked by Nielsen//NetRatings. In that list, the top three sites were Yahoo! Get Local, Superpages.com, and US Search.com. The complete table is below.

Nielsen//NetRatings is a joint service of VNU-owned Nielsen and NetRatings, which is majority-owned by VNU, the parent company of E&P.






Top 20 Current Events & Global News Sites
Unique AudienceTime Per Person
Brand or Channel(000)(hh:mm:ss)
MSNBC18,1740:22:53
AOL News17,0640:24:29
Yahoo! News16,2970:21:08
CNN General News15,2710:30:51
ABC News8,7720:11:48
Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Div.7,7800:16:42
NYTimes.com7,6900:39:14
Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc.6,7310:13:21
washingtonpost.com6,0560:20:25
USAToday.com5,9840:22:26
MSN Slate4,5210:09:24
Hearst Newspapers Digital4,2520:17:22
McClatchy Newspapers3,7710:15:53
WorldNow3,5890:10:55
CBS News3,5540:08:35
Time Magazine3,4500:05:11
Fox News2,9400:35:35
The Boston Globe2,7280:21:43
Netscape News2,6560:06:27
LA Times2,5860:17:57


















Top 20 Directories/Local Guides Sites
Unique AudienceTime Per Person
Brand or Channel(000)(hh:mm:ss)
Yahoo! Get Local14,9480:09:39
Superpages.com8,2270:06:41
US Search.com5,3750:03:38
Citysearch5,2180:08:21
switchboard.com4,4740:07:56
Yahoo! People4,1720:03:20
SMARTpages3,2000:05:09
Whitepages.com3,0410:04:58
MSN City Guides2,9600:02:14
MSN Yellow Pages2,5200:01:10
E.W. Scripps Newspapers2,2980:12:50
Government Guide2,2090:04:08
AOL Yellow Pages2,1210:05:27
Atlanta Journal-Constitution1,8120:14:21
Yellowpages.com1,5120:05:03
QwestDex.com1,3300:07:57
nj.com (Advance Publications)1,0520:09:08
About Cities and Towns9390:02:37
TBO.com7740:08:12
reversephonedirectory.com7370:02:27
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings. Data based on audience measurement of more than 60,000 U.S. panelists with home and work Net access. January 2003

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