Tags: Polls | local | news | TV | ratings

Pew Study: Local News Viewership Increased in 2013

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 09:22 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

There may be more ways to catch up on the day's events than ever before, but the onslaught of digital news sources didn't take a chunk out of the audiences for local TV newscasts last year.

Obamacare's dicey launch, the manhunt for murderer Christopher Dorner, tornadoes and floods drove local news viewership up during 2013, says a study but the Pew Research Center.

The audience for morning news (5 to 7 a.m.) rose 6 percent, early-evening broadcasts (5 to 7 p.m.) climbed 3 percent, and late-night newscasts (11 p.m.) experienced a negligible 0.1 percent bump.

"One likely reason for the 2013 audience growth was the number of major news events that broke during the sweeps periods," Research Analyst Katerina Eva Matsa wrote, noting that those November and February periods coincided with the launch of the president's healthcare law, the Dorner pursuit and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

Although local news remains the top news source for 71 percent of adults -- a higher percentage than depend on cable and broadcast -- viewership has fallen precipitously.

Late news programs shed a sixth of their audience in the past six years, while early-evening news fell 12 percent and morning newscasts lost 3 percent of viewers, Pew said.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Tom Cole: Take Time on ISIS Strategy

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 18:23 PM

There is "too much emphasis on acting now" when it comes to dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS), O . . .

Rep. Kinzinger: 'Are We Going to Contain ISIS or Crush ISIS?'

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 12:42 PM

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger says there is one main question when it comes to how to handle the violent Islam . . .

Sen. Menendez: US, NATO Should Arm Ukraine

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 11:06 AM

The United States "should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost" upon Russia . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved