By: Jay DeFoore
Slate.com edged its way into the top 20 most-trafficked news sites for the month of December, coming in at No. 19 with 4.594 million unique visitors, according to Nielson//NetRatings’ U.S. home and work data.
Slate edged out Cox Newspapers for the spot, and bumped Advance’s collection of newspaper and TV sites down to No. 20. Yahoo! News retained its position as the most trafficked site, with 24.626 unique users, down a slight 44,000 from November. MSNBC recorded an increase of 611,000 visitors over the previous month, placing it at No. 2 with 22,911.
CNN, which occupies the third spot, was down 1.177 million over the previous month. Gannett’s newspapers also saw a big drop, coming up 1.247 million unique visitors short of November’s figures. That number was mitigated somewhat by the increase at USAToday.com, which saw an increase of 655,000 users.
Sites showing increases in unique visitors included Internet Broadcasting (27,000), Knight Ridder (441,000), ABC News (432,000), Hearst Newspapers (697,000), CBS News (675,000), Fox News (401,000), and BBC News (718,000).
Sites showing decreases included AOL News (114,000), NYTimes.com (700,000), washingtonpost.com (416,000), WorldNow (238,000), Google News (804,000), and Advance Internet (792,000).
Here are the top 20 most trafficked news Web sites for December 2005, as recorded by Nielson//NetRatings.
Top 20 Current Events & Global News Sites
|Brand or Channel||Unique Audience (000)||Time Per Person (hh:mm:ss)|
|Knight Ridder Digital||9,859||0:09:25|
|Hearst Newspapers Digital||7,857||0:11:03|
|Fox News Digital Network||6,378||0:34:58|
Month of December 2005
U.S., Home and Work