TOP CIRCULATION PAPERS
The only paper that currently has a paid circulation model that works extremely well is The New York Times, which had a recent surge in its total. At the end of the third quarter, New York Times Co. (NYT) had 1,557,000 digital-only subscribers. According to the company, it added 132,000 paid subscribers between the election and the end of November. Presumably a large portion of these were digital.
Newspaper ownership among the largest properties falls primarily into four categories. The first is those owned by the large public corporations. The second are those controlled by private companies, the largest of which is the aforementioned Digital First Media, owned by private equity firm Alden Capital, Hearst. Advance Publications is another. It is controlled by the Newhouse family. The third model is papers owned by extremely rich individuals. The most well-known of these is the Washington Post, controlled by Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon. com. Another is the struggling New York Daily News, owned by real estate tycoon Mort Zuckerman. Hedge fund manager executive John Henry is the principal owner of the Boston Globe. The final model is papers owned by nonprofit enterprises. These include the Tampa Bay Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Below are the 100 largest newspapers in the United States based on combined print and digital paid subscriptions. Circulation data was provided by the Alliance for Audited Media and is for the third quarter of 2015. Circulation is the five-day average for publications that are published Monday through Friday. The list only compares newspapers that report this five-day average. To be included in total circulation figures, digital subscriptions must be restricted access and comply with AAM standards. Circulation figures also include affiliate publications as grouped by the AAM.
Rank Newspaper Owner Circulation 1 New York Times New York Times Company 2,237,601 2 Long Island Newsday Patrick Dolan and Charles Dolan 512,118 3 Los Angeles Times tronc, Inc. 507,395 4 New York Post News Corp. 424,721 5 Dallas Morning News A. H. Belo Corp. 410,587 6 Chicago Tribune tronc, Inc. 384,962 7 Washington Post Nash Holdings, LLC 356,768 8 Daily News (New York) Mortimer Zuckerman 299,538 9 Amnewyork Patrick Dolan and Charles Dolan 291,991 10 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Glen Taylor 285,129 11 Houston Chronicle Hearst Corp. 276,445 12 Austin American Cox Enterprises 246,963 13 Tampa Bay Times Poynter Institute 245,042 14 Honolulu Star-Advertiser Black Press Group Ltd. 243,376 15 The Record (Woodland Park, NJ) Gannett Co. 242,567 16 Boston Globe John W. Henry 232,546 17 Las Vegas ReviewJournal News + Media Capital Group LLC (Sheldon Adelson) 232,372 18 Philadelphia Inquirer Interstate General Media 227,245 19 Fort Worth Star-Telegram McClatchy Co. 215,476 20 The Denver Post / The Sunday Denver Post Daily First Media 196,286 21 Arizona Republic Gannett Co. 188,467 22 Metro New York Seabay Media Holdings LLC 180,866 23 El Vocero De Puerto Rico Publi-Inversiones 179,761 24 The Star-Ledger (Newark) Advance Publications, Inc. 170,077 25 San Francisco Chronicle Hearst Corp. 167,602 26 Columbus Dispatch New Media Investment Group 164,995 27
Tribune Review (Pittsburgh) Trib Total Media 161,665 28 The Palm Beach Post Cox Enterprises 160,299 29 San Antonio Express-News Hearst Corp. 158,986 30 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Gannett Co. 154,763 31 El Nuevo Dia GFR Media 153,957 32 The Salt Lake Tribune / Deseret News Huntsman Family Investments / Deseret Management Corporation 152,210 33 Express (Washington DC) Nash Holdings, LLC 148,928 34 Kansas City Star McClatchy Co. 146,730 35 Chicago Sun-Times Wrapports, LLC 146,539 36 The Virginian-Pilot Landmark Media Enterprises 143,682 37 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Block Communications 140,987 38 The Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald McClatchy Co. 139,735 39 South Florida Sun Sentinel tronc, Inc. 135,404 40 Arkansas Democrat Gazette WEHCO Media 130,552 41 Indianapolis Star Gannett Co. 127,180 42 Advocate