Newspaper circulation for 6 mos. ending 9/30/02

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Top 100 newspapers by circulation
Figures for the six months ended September 30, 2002, compared with the same period last year. Rank is based on Monday-Friday circulation, except where noted. When papers report separate circulations for some weekdays, the number used is the weighted average.
Weekday circulation Sunday circulation
Rank Newspaper 2002 2001 % change 2002 2001 % change
1 USA Today* 2,136,068 2,149,933 -0.6 2,610,225 2,608,654 0.1
2 Wall Street Journal 1,800,607 1,780,605 1.1 NA NA NA
3 New York Times 1,113,000 1,109,371 0.3 1,671,865 1,668,650 0.2
4 Los Angeles Timesa, b 965,633 972,957 -0.8 1,376,932 1,369,066 0.6
5 Washington Post 746,724 760,296 -1.8 1,048,122 1,061,357 -1.2
6 New York Daily News 715,070 733,125 -2.5 801,292 799,868 0.2
7 Chicago Tribunea 613,429 621,305 -1.3 1,012,240 1,010,704 0.2
8 New York Post 590,061 533,860 10.5 417,522 401,365 4.0
9 Newsday 578,809 577,355 0.3 676,809 675,619 0.2
10 Houston Chronicleb 552,052 551,855 0.0 744,935 744,836 0.0
11 Dallas Morning Newsa 521,956 509,562 2.4 784,905 776,387 1.1
12 San Francisco Chronicle 512,129 512,042 0.0 539,563 523,096 3.1
13 Chicago Sun-Times 479,584 477,059 0.5 371,257 381,966 -2.8
14 Boston Globe 463,113 471,199 -1.7 703,053 704,852 -0.3
15 Arizona Republicb 448,782 451,288 -0.6 554,059 554,583 -0.1
16 Newark Star-Ledger 408,557 407,546 0.2 610,012 608,542 0.2
17 Atlanta Journal-Constitutiona 381,833 406,045 -6.0 620,782 640,290 -3.0
18 Minneapolis Star Tribunea, b 379,139 376,767 0.6 674,343 671,360 0.4
19 Philadelphia Inquirer 373,892 365,153 2.4 747,969 732,419 2.1
20 Detroit Free Pressc 368,839 371,341 -0.7 738,709 749,507 -1.4
21 Cleveland Plain Dealerb 363,750 359,978 1.0 481,126 477,524 0.8
22 San Diego Union-Tribunea, b 357,896 351,762 1.7 438,848 433,495 1.2
23 Portland Oregonian 342,789 351,303 -2.4 423,033 430,551 -1.7
24 St. Petersburg Timesb 314,337 312,696 0.5 396,638 396,557 0.0
25 Denver Postd 305,060 316,887 -3.7 789,137 807,529 -2.3
26 Rocky Mountain Newsd 304,949 325,820 -6.4 789,137 807,529 -2.3
27 Miami Heraldb 303,575 300,377 1.1 418,242 411,724 1.6
28 Orange County Registerb 300,888 323,922 -7.1 367,119 378,934 -3.1
29 St. Louis Post-Dispatchb 287,424 291,080 -1.3 468,134 485,984 -3.7
30 Baltimore Suna, b 284,753 292,034 -2.5 465,513 474,231 -1.8
31 Sacramento Beeb 283,194 285,863 -0.9 343,414 344,791 -0.4
32 San Jose Mercury Newsb 272,682 268,620 1.5 305,080 301,650 1.1
33 Kansas City Starb 269,188 265,628 1.3 379,971 377,765 0.6
34 Investor's Business Daily 264,699 281,173 -5.9 NA NA NA
35 New Orleans Times-Picayuneb 255,994 254,898 0.4 285,602 285,426 0.1
36 Indianapolis Starb 254,624 252,349 0.9 368,022 367,294 0.2
37 Columbus (Ohio) Dispatchb 251,557 244,204 3.0 372,474 367,546 1.3
38 Orlando Sentinelb 247,674 249,544 -0.7 366,028 369,096 -0.8
39 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 243,091 242,141 0.4 406,930 409,352 -0.6
40 Boston Herald 242,957 259,300 -6.3 158,786 160,300 -0.9
41 Detroit Newsc 242,391 242,945 -0.2 738,709 749,507 -1.4
42 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 242,234 255,098 -5.0 434,023 455,862 -4.8
43 Charlotte Observerb 235,759 235,377 0.2 290,772 291,080 -0.1
44 South Florida Sun-Sentinela, b 231,982 236,095 -1.7 337,526 344,288 -2.0
45 San Antonio Express-Newsa 229,515 218,946 4.8 356,377 349,280 2.0
46 Fort Worth Star-Telegrama 227,464 220,410 3.2 322,593 321,354 0.4
47 Seattle Timese 224,140 219,948 1.9 473,010 478,605 -1.2
48 Buffalo Newsb 223,957 218,781 2.4 306,102 304,434 0.5
49 Louisville Courier-Journalb 217,396 222,332 -2.2 282,072 284,820 -1.0
50 Tampa Tribuneb 203,435 207,338 -1.9 281,115 286,896 -2.0
51 Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)b 199,581 195,455 2.1 289,605 283,519 2.1
52 Hartford Courantb 198,601 198,651 0.0 285,068 291,111 -2.1
53 Norfolk Virginian-Pilot 195,866 195,604 0.1 233,993 232,720 0.5
54 Cincinnati Enquirera 194,312 194,175 0.1 308,797 307,990 0.3
55 Omaha World-Herald 190,218 NA NA 240,421 NA NA
56 Richmond Times-Dispatchb 187,409 190,509 -1.6 228,262 230,313 -0.9
57 Little Rock Democrat Gazetteb 185,709 182,609 1.7 287,827 282,796 1.8
58 Nashville Tennessean 184,106 183,416 0.4 252,181 256,530 -1.7
59 Austin American-Statesmanb 183,288 183,874 -0.3 233,608 238,954 -2.2
60 Contra Costa (Calif.) Timesb 182,196 182,745 -0.3 193,190 192,210 0.5
61 Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterpriseb 178,994 168,771 6.1 184,637 176,973 4.3
62 Bergen Recordb 178,962 178,172 0.4 227,323 226,241 0.5
63 Los Angeles Daily News 178,217 178,156 0.0 200,509 200,167 0.2
64 Rochester Democrat & Chronicleb 172,124 176,040 -2.2 232,193 238,888 -2.8
65 Memphis Commercial Appeala, b 171,937 169,732 1.3 234,055 231,755 1.0
66 Asbury Park (N.J.) Pressb 168,718 170,216 -0.9 229,887 231,548 -0.7
67 Las Vegas Review Journalf 164,848 164,756 0.1 220,398 217,419 1.4
68 Raleigh News & Observer 163,295 162,869 0.3 208,290 208,408 -0.1
69 Fresno Beeb 158,286 157,821 0.3 188,933 188,092 0.4
70 Seattle Post-Intelligencere 157,558 169,087 -6.8 473,010 478,605 -1.2
71 West Palm Beach (Fla.) Postb 154,981 157,829 -1.8 193,739 198,110 -2.2
72 Des Moines Registerb 152,633 152,402 0.2 245,317 244,132 0.5
73 Birmingham (Ala.) Newsa,g 150,214 150,884 -0.4 183,080 186,272 -1.7
74 Philadelphia Daily News 150,154 152,435 -1.5 NA NA NA
75 Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)b 149,882 148,375 1.0 152,323 149,808 1.7
76 Dayton Newsa 145,998 149,426 -2.3 199,286 198,726 0.3
77 Honolulu Advertiserb 143,696 152,098 -5.5 166,673 173,337 -3.8
78 Akron Beacon Journal 141,105 141,073 0.0 185,596 190,444 -2.5
79 Toledo Bladeb 140,628 140,408 0.2 192,198 191,594 0.3
80 Grand Rapids (Mich.) Pressb 140,135 139,800 0.2 192,477 191,435 0.5
81 Westchester (N.Y.) Journal Newsb 139,170 144,439 -3.6 164,195 171,514 -4.3
82 Salt Lake City Tribuneb, h 134,777 134,712 0.0 152,147 160,124 -5.0
83 Tacoma News Tribuneb 128,379 127,780 0.5 145,315 144,120 0.8
84 La Opinion (Los Angeles) 126,189 127,576 -1.1 72,601 77,907 -6.8
85 Syracuse Post-Standardb 123,836 126,769 -2.3 178,132 180,262 -1.2
86 Allentown (Pa.) Callb 118,859 128,204 -7.3 165,489 171,652 -3.6
87 Greensburg (Pa.) Tribune-Reviewb 117,348 118,376 -0.9 179,567 183,657 -2.2
88 The State (Columbia, S.C.)b 115,959 117,423 -1.2 151,816 152,873 -0.7
89 Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinela 115,549 118,467 -2.5 153,718 156,208 -1.6
90 Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leadera 113,501 112,407 1.0 147,832 146,863 0.7
91 Albuquerque Journalb 108,344 108,802 -0.4 153,107 153,055 0.0
92 Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazetteb 102,978 104,605 -1.6 122,645 124,723 -1.7
93 Spokane Spokesman-Review 102,805 105,205 -2.3 132,489 135,477 -2.2
94 Harrisburg Patriot-Newsb 101,598 99,872 1.7 153,351 151,603 1.2
95 Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courierb 101,288 103,163 -1.8 113,999 113,575 0.4
96 Washington Times 101,038 101,815 -0.8 46,619 48,276 -3.4
97 Roanoke (Va.) Times 100,160 98,916 1.3 112,397 113,101 -0.6
98 Albany (N.Y.) Times Union 99,242 98,543 0.7 145,357 145,299 0.0
99 Tucson Stari 98,894 96,673 2.3 165,029 164,747 0.2
100 Colorado Springs Gazette 98,275 101,281 -3.0 116,903 119,748 -2.4
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations. Notes: Circulation figures are in thousands. *USA Today's Friday circulation is listed in the Sunday column. Percent change computed against six month averages for the period ending March 31, 2001. a) Figures adjusted by Ad Age to indicate average weekday circulation; b) weekday averages include Saturday, c) Detroit Free Press and Detroit News have combined Sunday edition; d) Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post have combined Sunday edition
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