Olympics and Politics Boosted Traffic to News Websites in August

Posted on September 22, 2008

NielsenWire reports that U.S. news website had higher traffic in August, 2008 compared to August, 2007 thanks to the Beijing Olympics and coverage of the political conventions. MSNBC dominated news traffic beating second place Yahoo News by over 12 million unique viewers. Here is a chart showing August, 2008 traffic to news website from the The Nielsen Company.

Aug. 2008
Rank
Top 10
Online News Sites
(ranked by unique users)
August 2008
Unique Traffic
(in 000's)
August 2007
Unique Traffic
(in 000's)
1 MSNBC Digital Network 52,212 29,564
2 Yahoo! News 40,787 34,277
3 CNN Digital Network 38,821 31,733
4 AOL News 23,114 21,209
5 NYTimes.com 19,862 13,078
6 Tribune Newspapers 17,652 12,550
7 Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division 14,454 13,720
8 Fox News Digital Network 13,902 8,465
9 ABCNEWS Digital Network 13,377 10,706
10 Google News 12,137 10,235

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