Today an overwhelming majority of Americans get news at least sometimes from digital devices. Explore the patterns and trends that shape the platforms Americans turn to for news
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.
Network TV news – appointment viewing for many Americans – saw its audience decline over the past year.
Cable TV is home to a set of television channels whose news broadcasts have become an important information source for many Americans.
Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system.
The share of Americans who say they watch television via cable or satellite has plunged from 76% in 2015 to 56% this year.
As election returns rolled in – albeit more slowly than in recent years – Americans were tuning in closely. They also, for the most part, gave their news sources positive marks for the coverage of the returns, though Republicans were less likely to do so than Democrats.
While U.S. Democrats turn to a variety of outlets for political news, no source comes close to matching the appeal of Fox News for Republicans.
Responses to cable news coverage and the pandemic vary notably among Americans who identify Fox News, MSNBC or CNN as their main source of political news.
Western Europeans have a clear preference for television as a source of news. And while use of online and radio outlets for news is also widespread, print trails the other formats.