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FBDC Web Ratings Roundup: Networks

A few weeks ago, FishbowlDC took a  look at the web traffic numbers for DC publications for the month of December. Now (albeit belatedly), we bring you December’s numbers for network and cable news websites. As a general trend, web traffic was slightly down in December compared to November, which isn’t unusual for the holiday season. And traffic is way down across the board compared to December 2012. This could be the result of interest in the news waning after an election year.

The takeaways: 1) Yahoo News is pulling all the weight in the ABC-Yahoo relationship when it comes to the web. The Yahoo-ABC network of sites got 76 million unique visitors in December, thanks mostly to got only 17 million by itself. 2) NBC is the top broadcaster online, with pulling in more visitors than and combined. 3) is dead last. Their web traffic pales in comparison to Fox, much less CNN.

A few notes on reading the chart. The list below includes individual websites as well as networks of websites. For example, is ranked 5th, while the CNN network, which includes,, etc, is ranked 2nd. Yahoo is included in the list because of its partnership with ABC, even though it is not a television network.


Uniques (in millions) % Change MOM % Change YOY Page Views (in millions)
1 Yahoo-ABC News Network 76 -2% -16% 2,298
2 CNN Network 64 -3% -6% 1,586
3 Yahoo News 61 -2% -20% 1,078
4 NBC News Digital 52 0% -4% 729
5 38 -2% -14% 865
6 CBS News 36 -6% -3% 644
7 35 7% -20% 494
8 Fox News Digital Network 29 0% -24% 802
9 26 0% -26% 781
10 17 -10% -34% 120
11 9 -7% -29% 48
12 2 12% n/a 23
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Sunday Show Ratings 1.5.14: Schieffer Continues to Kick Ass, Gregory Not So Much

“Face the Nation” continued to be the top-rated Sunday show last week, edging out “Meet the Press” by more than 30,000 viewers. The good news for Bob Schieffer and CBS comes on top of strong 4th quarter numbers released last week. Despite coming in second for that week to ABC, CBS ended the year in first place overall by 420,000 viewers and by 130,000 in the key 25-54 demographic.

By contrast, NBC’s “Meet the Press” is struggling. The show has not won overall in ratings since November 3rd last year -and then just barely. It ended the 4th quarter last year in third place, losing to ABC for the first time in 17 years. Media critics have noted the show’s downward trajectory since 2008, when David Gregory took over, and we here at FishbowlDC have even reported that NBC may be looking to replace him.

For more on this week’s Sunday show ratings, check out our sister site TVNewser, here. For more on the Q4 ratings, click here.

The numbers for January 5:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.45M 1.03M
“Meet the Press” 3.42M 1.00M
ABC “This Week” 3.23M 959K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.48M 485K
Univision “Al Punto” 926K 335K