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Press Release

MSNBC.com Ranked #1 in September Nielsen//NetRatings
Online news hits record popularity with MSNBC.com leading the rankings

For Immediate Release—MSNBC.com maintained its position atop the Current Events and Global News category in September 2005, again drawing more than 26 million unique users, according to Nielsen//Net Ratings. For the seventh month in a row, MSNBC.com surpassed all broadcast news sites, and for the fifth time in seven months, the site topped the entire category.  The Current Events and Global News category as a whole drew more than 83 million unique users in both August and September 2005, the highest numbers in the past year.

“The news events of September piqued Americans’ interest,” said Charlie Tillinghast, president and publisher of MSNBC.com, “They got their news on the Internet with nearly 1/3 of all online news consumers choosing MSNBC.com.”

MSNBC.com captured the big stories of the month in ways that are unmatched throughout the industry:

  • MSNBC.com users played a total of 75 million videos on the site, making it the second highest video month ever (second only to August 2005).  September 2 set a single-day record with 9.5 million videos played.MSNBC.com worked in conjunction with MSNBC TV to offer live TV coverage online during Hurricane Rita’s approach and landfall.  Video of the landfall was the most popular video on September 23, drawing more than 800,000 viewers.     
  • MSNBC.com blogs continue to break ground:
  • , the only blog written by a major network news anchor, offered Brian Williams’ on-the-scene perspective of the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The blog generated more than 700,000 page views throughout the month, more than one and a half times more than it received in its previous biggest month, August 2005. 
  • , written by teams of MSNBC.com reporters traveling throughout the affected areas offered striking and lucid accounts of the devastation. The reporters made more than 100 posts from September 2-29. The blogs generated more than 6 million page views. 
  • MSNBC.com national affairs correspondent Tom Curry offered Americans an inside look at the John Roberts hearings with the blog, written during the hearings from inside the Senate hearing room.

Slideshows generated nearly 250 million monthly page views.