Newspaper circulation for 6 mos. ending 3/31/03

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Top 50 newspapers by circulation
Ranked by weekday averages for six-months ended March 31, 2003
RankNewspaperAvg. Daily Circulation% chgSunday circulation
1 USA Today (a) 2,162,454 2.0 2,602,556
2 Wall Street Journal 1,820,600 0.0 0
3 The New York Times 1,130,740 -5.3 1,672,965
4 Los Angeles Times (b, c) 979,549 -0.6 1,396,045
5 Washington Post 796,367 -1.9 1,049,322
6 New York Daily News 737,030 0.7 810,533
7 Chicago Tribune (c) 621,055 -1.1 1,016,471
8 New York Post 620,080 10.2 420,179
9 Newsday 579,351 0.3 665,324
10 Houston Chronicle (b) 548,508 0.5 739,389
11 The Dallas Morning News (c) 532,050 1.1 786,594
12 San Francisco Chronicle (c) 514,265 -2.2 553,703
13 Chicago Sun-Times 491,795 0.9 383,548
14 Arizona Republic (b) 486,131 -2.1 596,993
15 Boston Globe 448,817 -6.2 680,115
16 Atlanta Constitution-Journal (c, d) 419,568 0.9 658,581
17 Newark Star-Ledger 407,730 0.2 609,514
18 Philadelphia Inquirer 386,890 1.5 768,237
19 Minneapolis Star Tribune (b, c) 375,505 -0.1 669,358
20 Cleveland Plain Dealer (b) 373,137 1.3 482,380
21 San Diego Union-Tribune (b, c) 363,555 -1.1 444,899
22 Detroit Free Press (f) 363,490 -0.3 719,885
23 St. Petersburg Times (b) 354,869 0.6 442,348
24 Portland Oregonian 344,550 -0.9 422,130
25 Miami Herald (b) 328,124 0.3 444,119
26 Orange County (Calif.) Register (b) 307,205 -2.4 370,738
27 Sacramento Bee (b) 302,804 -1.4 349,989
28 Denver Post (c, g) 301,107 -2.6 790,508
29 Rocky Mountain News (Denver) (c, g) 301,004 -4.4 790,508
30 St. Louis Post-Dispatch (b) 286,939 -1.2 468,211
31 Baltimore Sun (b, c) 281,665 -4.8 470,014
32 San Jose Mercury News (b) 276,787 0.5 306,576
33 Kansas City Star (b, c) 273,723 1.0 385,109
34 Orlando Sentinel (b) 266,770 0.5 391,145
35 South Florida Sun-Sentinel (b, c) 265,750 1.6 375,145
36 Columbus Dispatch (b) 261,566 3.4 373,694
37 New Orleans Times-Picayune (b) 260,720 0.4 287,001
38 Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel 257,599 3.2 434,668
39 Indianapolis Star (b) 255,286 0.9 367,142
40 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 248,176 0.2 409,217
41 Boston Herald 247,885 -3.6 156,234
42 Investor's Business Daily 242,661 -11.0 NA
43 Charlotte Observer (b) 242,082 0.7 296,771
44 Seattle Times (h) 239,468 4.9 474,748
45 Tampa Tribune (b) 238,176 5.9 313,693
46 Fort Worth Star-Telegram (c) 236,369 2.2 336,883
47 Detroit News (f) 233,085 -2.6 719,885
48 Daily Oklahoman (b) 222,354 2.2 299,724
49 Buffalo News 218,385 -0.9 303,832
50 Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (b, c) 201,041 0.5 233,576
Notes: Percent change computed against six month averages for the period ending March 31, 2002. The San Antonio Express-News and Louisville Courier-Journal were ranked 44th and 47th respectively in last this table a year ago. Figures for these newspapers were not available at press times. a) USA Today's Friday circulation is listed in the Sunday column. Its weekday circulation average is Monday through Thursday only. b) weekday averages include Saturday. c) Figures were adjusted by Ad Age to estimate average weekday circulation for both years. c) Detroit Free Press and Detroit News have combined Sunday edition; d) Averages for 2002 were from Nov. 2, 2001 to March 31, 2002. g) Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post have combined Sunday edition. h) Combined Sunday edition with Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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