Media & NewsAugust 7, 2017

Public Broadcasting Fact Sheet

Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system.

Media & NewsJuly 13, 2017

Local TV News Fact Sheet

Local television news programming has shed audience over the past decade, but it still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs.

Media & NewsJune 16, 2017

Network News Fact Sheet

Network TV news – appointment viewing for more than 20 million Americans – has experienced relative stability in the size of its audience over the past decade.

Media & NewsJune 1, 2017

Cable News Fact Sheet

Cable TV is home to a set of news channels that have become a destination for political news.

Media & NewsMay 11, 2017

Buying spree brings more local TV stations to fewer big companies

As of 2016, Sinclair, Nexstar, Gray, Tegna and Tribune owned an estimated 37% of all full-power local TV stations in the country.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 18, 2017

Fewer Americans plan to watch inauguration this year than in 2009

About seven-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners say they will watch the event, versus just 30% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

Fact TankNovember 21, 2016

TV still the top source for election results, but digital platforms rise

Nearly nine-in-ten voters who followed the 2016 returns (88%) did so on TV, while 48% used online platforms; 21% used social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Fact TankAugust 9, 2016

Newspaper companies lag behind their broadcast siblings after spinoffs

An analysis of the spinoffs shows that the broadcasting components of the original companies (which also retained many digital properties) have mostly outperformed their publishing counterparts in terms of operating profit margins.

Fact TankAugust 6, 2015

As Jon Stewart steps down, 5 facts about The Daily Show

Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of The Daily Show after 16 years. During that time, the show has served not only as a source of media criticism, but also as a source of news in its own right. As Stewart’s tenure comes to an end, here are some key facts about how his program has made its imprint on journalism.

Fact TankJuly 15, 2015

Early morning, noon and late evening slots drive growth in local TV news

Faced with multiple years of audience declines during traditional time slots, many local TV stations began expanding their programming to nontraditional hours such as very early morning, midday and at 7 p.m.