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FBDC FaceRace: DC Pubs

We took a look at where DC newspapers and online publications stood on Twitter, now let’s turn our attention to the Book of Faces. We compared each of the pubs’ Fan Page likes and came away with some interesting results.

Here are the top take aways: 1) WaPo has leaped ahead of USA Today in Facebook likes over the past month. The two were neck and neck last month with right around 1.26 million each. 2) The Washington Examiner continues to dominate its competitors on Facebook, but Politico is catching up fast. They increased their Facebook likes by nearly 20% in January. If both pubs keep adding likes at the same rate, Politico will pull ahead by next month.

Newspapers:

Washington Post: 1,439,636 (+14.43% month over month)
USA Today: 1,404,914 likes (+11.5% MOM)
Washington Times: 49,064 (+9.35% MOM)
Washington City Paper: 10,238 (+1.7% MOM)

Political Pubs/Websites:

Washington Examiner: 236,209 (+2.77% MOM)
Politico: 208,515 (+19.6% MOM)
Daily Caller: 133,155 (+4.18% MOM)
The Hill: 46,311 (+6.6% MOM)
Roll Call: 32,189 (+4.0% MOM)
National Journal: 26,634 (11.3% MOM)

Click here to see last month’s FBDC FaceRace for DC Pubs.

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FaceRace: Local Broadcast News

Which local news sources are winning the FaceRace this month? We took a look at the Facebook pages of the top TV and radio stations to find out. Here are the 9 local broadcast stations with a regular newscast, ranked by how many likes they have on Facebook.

The takeaways: 1) WJLA has a clear lead over its competitors but, WTTG is in a strong 2nd place. Though lagging somewhat in the Twitter game, WTTG has narrowed the gap when it comes to Facebook. 2) Though WTOP comes in 5th, right behind NBC 4 and CBS 9, they are holding their own against the TV stations in the social space. On Twitter, they actually rank second among local news sources, with ~47,000 followers. That’s right in between NBC 4 (~62,000) and CBS 9 (~46,000).

Local News

1) ABC 7 (WJLA) – 149,815
2) Fox 5 (WTTG) – 124,544
3) NBC 4 (WRC)  - 79,489
4) CBS 9 (WUSA)73,654
5) WTOP 103.5 FM – 54,768
6) PBS 26 (WETA) – 16,754
7) WAMU 88.5 FM – 6,104
8) NewsChannel 8 – 2,089
9) Univision 14 (WFDC) – 611

 

FBDC FaceRace: Washington Anchors

facebook_logo-300x300Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC analyzed the Facebook pages of some of DC’s biggest television personalities and the results are revealing. First off, the numbers here are a bit more complicated than with Twitter, since some anchors have well-developed personal pages, while others have clearly spent their time developing their shows’ pages. Our analysts decided the fairest way to provide objective rankings was to combine the followers/likes of anchors’ personal fan pages with those of the shows they host. Below are the rankings of Washington-based anchors based on this combined number.

The takeaway: Chris Matthews is the big winner here. George Stephanopoulos technically bests him, but bear in mind that Stephanopoulos is on network TV nearly every day -a fact which no doubt boosts his personal brand. If you compare their DC-based shows side by side, Matthews is way ahead. Moreover, Stephanopoulos is not actually a full-time DC anchor. He spends most of his time in NYC. 

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 271,633 (Personal – 229,775 followers; “This Week” – 41,858 likes*)
2.) Chris Matthews - 228,810 (Personal – 22,266 likes*; “Hardball” – 206, 544 likes)
3.) Greta VanSusteren - 208,596 (Personal – 198,662 likes; “On the Record” – 9,934 likes*)
4.) Bret Baier 201,125 (Personal – 196,594 likes; “Special Report” – 4,531 likes*)
5.) David Gregory - 168,495 (Personal – 20,288 likes; Meet The Press – 148,207 likes)
6.) Gwen Ifill - 161,851 (Personal – 4,822 likes*; “News Hour” – 157,029 likes)
7.) Howard Kurtz - 128,427 (Personal – 127,000 followers; “Media Buzz” – 1,427 likes)
8.) Jake Tapper - 95,760 (Personal – 92,310 followers; “The Lead” – 3,450 likes)
9.) Wolf Blitzer - 86,866 (Personal – 9,850 likes*; “Situation Room” – 77,016 likes)
10.) Chris Wallace - 68,871 (Personal – none available; “Fox News Sunday” – 68,871 likes)
11.) Candy Crowley - 54,701 (Personal – 9,637 likes*; “State of the Union” – 45,064 likes)
12.) Andrea Mitchell - 53,828 (Personal – none available; “Andrea Mitchell Reports” – 53,828 likes*)
13.) Chuck Todd - 40,013 (Personal – 654 likes*; “Daily Rundown” – 39,368 likes*)
14.) Bob Schieffer - 36,877 (Personal – 10,669 likes*; “Face the Nation” – 26,208 likes*)
15.) Brian Stelter** – 8,036 (Personal – none available; “Reliable Sources” -8,036 likes)

*These pages are not verified by the anchor or network.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends.

FBDC’s FaceRace: DC Pubs

We took a look at where DC newspapers and online publications stood on Twitter, now let’s turn our attention to the Book of Faces. We compared each of the pubs’ Fan Page likes and came away with some interesting results.

Here are the top take aways: 1) USA Today performs much better on Facebook than Twitter, pulling neck and neck with WaPo. Still, for the most widely distributed paper in the country, you would expect them to be way ahead. 2) The Washington Examiner is dominating its competitors on Facebook, a far cry from its performance on Twitter. 3) Older pubs The Hill, Roll Call, and National Journal are being trounced by newcomers Politico and The Daily Caller.

Newspapers:
USA Today: 1,260,000 likes
Washington Post: 1,258,119
Washington Times: 44,867
Washington City Paper: 10,069

Political Pubs/Websites:

Washington Examiner: 229,844
Politico: 174,374
Daily Caller: 127,807
The Hill: 43,445
Roll Call: 30,948
National Journal: 23,931