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Circulation of the Nation's 20 Biggest Newspapers.
AP ^ | 11/03/03 | AP

Posted on 11/03/2003 5:42:14 PM PST by Pikamax

Circulation of the Nation's 20 Biggest Newspapers The Associated Press Published: Nov 3, 2003

Average weekday circulation of the nation's 20 biggest newspapers for the six months ended Sept. 30, as reported Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The percentage changes are from the comparable year-ago period.

1. USA Today, 2,246,996, up 0.7 percent

2. The Wall Street Journal, 2,091,062, up 16.1 percent (a)

3. The New York Times, 1,118,565, up 0.5 percent

4. Los Angeles Times, 955,211, down 1.1 percent (b)

5. The Washington Post, 732,872, down 1.9 percent

6. New York Daily News, 729,124, up 2.1 percent

7. New York Post, 652,426, up 10.6 percent

8. Chicago Tribune, 613,509 (NM)

9. Newsday of New York's Long Island, 580,069, up 0.2 percent

10. Houston Chronicle, 553,018, up 0.2 percent (b)

11. The Dallas Morning News, 525,441, up 0.7 percent

12. San Francisco Chronicle, 512,640, up 0.1 percent

13. Chicago Sun-Times, 481,798, up 0.5 percent

14. The Boston Globe, 450,538, down 3.7 percent

15. The Arizona Republic, 432,284, down 3.7 percent (b)

16. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., 408,672 (NM)

17. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 382,421, up 0.2 percent

18. Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul, 380,354, up 0.3 percent (b)

19. The Philadelphia Inquirer, 376,493, up 0.7 percent

20. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, 365,288, up 0.4 percent (b)

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(a) Beginning with this reporting period, The Wall Street Journal's total paid subscription figure includes subscribers to its online edition that meet the qualifications for paid subscription under ABC guidelines. In this period, 290,412 online subscribers qualified under the ABC's definition. Without the online subscribers, the amount of paid print subscribers - 1,800,650 - was essentially unchanged from the same period a year ago.

(b) Includes Saturday circulation

(NM) Change from year-ago period too small to be meaningful in percentage terms.

Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 11/03/2003 5:42:15 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
Only newspaper (other than WSJ) with a significant increase is the Murdoch-owned NY Post, which leans conservative. A whopping 10.6% increase and no other paper comes close to that.

Here in Boston, the Murdoch-owned Herald is also doing well but it still lags significantly behind the fish-wrap Globe. I think the Herald would do better if they toned down the celebrity crap and printed more hard news.

2 posted on 11/03/2003 5:49:34 PM PST by SamAdams76 (201.6 (-98.4) Homestretch to 200)
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To: Pikamax
WOW, NYC/NJ is quite the newspaper place.

Interesting that some (WSJ, Post) are growing faster than others (NYT).( :-)>

3 posted on 11/03/2003 5:51:56 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
I heard a saying a while ago that the people that think they run the world read the New York Times. The people who do run the world read the Wall Street Journal.
4 posted on 11/03/2003 6:01:09 PM PST by angry elephant
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To: SamAdams76
(a) Beginning with this reporting period, The Wall Street Journal's total paid subscription figure includes subscribers to its online edition that meet the qualifications for paid subscription under ABC guidelines. In this period, 290,412 online subscribers qualified under the ABC's definition. Without the online subscribers, the amount of paid print subscribers - 1,800,650 - was essentially unchanged from the same period a year ago.

WSJ circulation was unchanged.

5 posted on 11/03/2003 6:06:00 PM PST by Neanderthal
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To: Pikamax
How does FreeRepublic compare?
6 posted on 11/03/2003 6:18:06 PM PST by AZLiberty (Where Arizona turns for dry humor)
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To: Pikamax
Wow, the Philly Inquirer didn't shrink for once. Of course, that gain was only about 2,600 subscriptions. It's amazing how a paper with no real competition in one of the biggest cities (and largest overall markets) can only manage 19th place.
7 posted on 11/03/2003 6:31:46 PM PST by LenS
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To: Paladin2
its because of the mass transit systems. everyone on the train reads a newspaper.
8 posted on 11/03/2003 6:35:31 PM PST by oceanview
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To: AZLiberty
FR should develop a pocketPC version of the site, to use on PDAs over wireless networks, a big growth area.
9 posted on 11/03/2003 6:36:29 PM PST by oceanview
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To: SamAdams76
WSJ nearly twice the circulation of the NY Times and the LA Times.

Didn't know that and that is GOOD news.
10 posted on 11/03/2003 6:49:02 PM PST by Rightone
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To: Rightone
except that the major network news outfits figure out what to put on the air by reading the NYT, not the Journal. the NYT could have a circulation of 100,000, their reach would still be massive, the are at the nucleus of the cabal.
11 posted on 11/03/2003 6:55:46 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Pikamax
No Detroit Free Press??? Despite 4 Million is the Tri County area? 4.5 Million if you include Washtenaw County in it...

Good.............

12 posted on 11/03/2003 7:00:00 PM PST by Dan from Michigan (Don't blame me. I voted for Rocky.)
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To: Paladin2
It must be the advertising revenue that's down for the NYTIMES. . . 5%. I can not believe that this error-filled rag has increased it's circulation but then, it's bought by the same people who elected Schumer and Hillary.
13 posted on 11/03/2003 7:02:49 PM PST by SouthCarolinaKit
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To: Neanderthal
I think it is legit to include the WSJ online subscriptions as, unlike the other fishwraps, you really do have to pay to get their paper.

There version is just another means of distribution.

14 posted on 11/03/2003 7:12:45 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Pikamax
THE new york TIMES has a surprisingly low circulation, considering it is mailed all over the country. Way too much power for its size.
15 posted on 11/03/2003 7:12:52 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Dan from Michigan
No Detroit Free Press??? Despite 4 Million is the Tri County area? 4.5 Million if you include Washtenaw County in it...

The Detroit Free Press had a circulation of over 400,000 back in 2001, which would've put them 17th on this list. If they truly dropped out of the top 20 it would mean a 10% decline in circulation in only two years.

16 posted on 11/03/2003 7:33:24 PM PST by Azzurri
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To: Paladin2
"NYC/NJ is quite the newspaper place."

We are densley populated, and we love our papers, we used to have bunches more!

And my kid was named an "Athelete of the Week" by the Star Ledger, how happy are we to see it's #16 in the land?

Forgive my proud mom boasting, I can't help it.
17 posted on 11/03/2003 7:48:01 PM PST by jocon307 (New tagline coming soon)
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To: oceanview
except that the major network news outfits figure out what to put on the air by reading the NYT, not the Journal. the NYT could have a circulation of 100,000, their reach would still be massive, the are at the nucleus of the cabal.

After reading your reply above, I have to admit you are right. Thanks for the online slap across the face. I was just initially happy to see those results! :)

18 posted on 11/03/2003 7:53:48 PM PST by Rightone
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To: eddie willers
I think it is legit to include the WSJ online subscriptions as, unlike the other fishwraps, you really do have to pay to get their paper.

Agreed.

19 posted on 11/03/2003 8:06:56 PM PST by browardchad
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


20 posted on 11/03/2003 9:00:43 PM PST by Timesink
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


21 posted on 11/03/2003 9:01:13 PM PST by Timesink
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To: jocon307
We are densley populated, and we love our papers, we used to have bunches more!

How to spot the fake New Yorker: Have them pronounce "Staten Island Advance".

22 posted on 11/03/2003 9:03:36 PM PST by Timesink
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To: Rightone
WSJ nearly twice the circulation of the NY Times and the LA Times. Didn't know that and that is GOOD news.

As the WSJ likes to say itself, they're about the only paper in the county that a lot of people subscribe to just for the editorial page.

23 posted on 11/03/2003 9:16:52 PM PST by Timesink
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To: Timesink
The New York Times, 1,118,565, up 0.5 percent

"HmmmMmMmMmmMmMMMMmmmmm...."

24 posted on 11/03/2003 9:28:56 PM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: eddie willers
I think it is legit to include the WSJ online subscriptions as, unlike the other fishwraps, you really do have to pay to get their paper. There version is just another means of distribution.

To qualify the on-line suscription must be at least 25% of the cost of the print paper. If you don't get the print paper, the on-line is $79/yr. If you get the paper, it is $39, which doesn't meet the 25% standard. About 400,000 people get both.

25 posted on 11/03/2003 9:30:05 PM PST by DmBarch
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To: SouthCarolinaKit
It must be the advertising revenue that's down for the NYTIMES. . . 5%. I can not believe that this error-filled rag has increased it's circulation but then, it's bought by the same people who elected Schumer and Hillary.

The New York Times circulation is NOT up. First of all, keep in mind that a 0.5% increase in circulation is practically statistical noise. Second, and far more importantly, note that these numbers are compared to the same period a year ago, not the prior six months. On March 30, their circulation was 1,130,740. That means that in the last six months, the Times's circulation has DROPPED 1.1 percent.

26 posted on 11/03/2003 9:50:35 PM PST by Timesink
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To: martin_fierro
"HmmmMmMmMmmMmMMMMmmmmm...."

See post 26, Stroking-Chin Boy. Their circulation is actually DOWN 1.1% since the Iraq/Jayson Blair scandals hit.

27 posted on 11/03/2003 9:53:23 PM PST by Timesink
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To: eddie willers
I think it is legit to include the WSJ online subscriptions as, unlike the other fishwraps, you really do have to pay to get their paper.

Their version is just another means of distribution.

I would agree. I'm an on-line subscriber because I hate dealing with used newspapers. If there's an article I want to keep, I save it to my hard drive. There it's filed and indexed so I can find it again, unlike my husband's four crates of 20 year old clippings.

29 posted on 11/04/2003 9:53:30 AM PST by reformed_democrat
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