UK Readership – NRS Jan-Dec 2013NRS

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It’s infinitely easier to amalgamate some of the data that’s appeared of late in one block. They all have a close association to each other, all hail from the UK and therefore it’s as well to marshal them all together. The data relates to the latest quarter of the NRS readership survey and the recent eABC certificates for the UK nationals.

The readership survey appeared on Wednesday and it shows what everybody knows that print is in decline and web was on the up. The print research side is a face to face interview and the web portion comes from comScore data from September 2013.

Some of the web increases look excellent, on the face of it, but many of the substantial gains come from a very low base in the first place. The FT, from the comScore data, shows that web visits are down 25% on the previous six months. But I’d suggest we look at the reality here in that the FT is a behind a paywall and currently has 343,000 subscribers (paying $5 per week) which is up 14% on the previous year (FT accounts 2013).

The Guardian didn’t manage to increase its online numbers in the six months, unlike the Mail which increased its online readership by 8% and to maintain it #1 status, 888,000 in front of the Guardian and growing. The Mirror managed a respectable 11% increase possibly in the back of the Sun’s decline of 79% driven by its retirement behind a paywall in August.


NRS Survey – Online Readership Daily – UK Only

12 Months To :Dec-13Jun-13+/-
Financial Times*6890-25%
The Daily Telegraph*808815-1%
The Daily Telegraph/Sun Telegraph*808815-1%
The Guardian139013910%
The Guardian/The Observer139013910%
The Independent/i40233121%
Independent/The Ind on Sunday/i40233121%
The Times*503831%
The Times/The Sunday Times*594823%
Daily Express15660160%
Daily Express/Sunday Express15660160%
Daily Mail227821108%
Daily Mail/The Mail on Sunday227821108%
Daily Mirror53448011%
Daily Mirror/Sunday Mirror53448011%
Daily /Sunday Mirror/Sunday People53448011%
Daily Star7635116%
Daily Star/Star Sunday 7635116%
The Sun*149717-79%
The Sun/The Sun on Sunday*149717-79%
* Paywall   


In terms of print, The Sun & Sunday Sun are still the most read newsbrands followed by The Mail and The Mirror groups of papers. All of the papers in the print table are showing declines over the six months with in or around a 4% drop being the norm.

The contribution that the web makes to a newsbrand’s overall readership figure varied dramatically and can run anything from a 119% increase in the case of the Guardian to 2% in the case of The Sun. In general the tabloids don’t get such an uplift from the web, although the Mirror has made some strides in that department and the dividend is a 16% increase in readership for the Web.

In the NRS data was also a few stats on some of the regional titles who participate in the survey. In the main the regional’s add +20% to their readership from online. Perhaps it’s an idea that the flagging regionals in Ireland should adopt.

  NRS Survey – Newspaper Readership Daily – UK Only

12 Months To :Dec-13Jun-13+/-
Financial Times296305-3%
The Daily Telegraph13121348-3%
Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph13811415-2%
The Guardian890935-5%
The Guardian/The Observer9631005-4%
The Independent/i929397134%
Independent/The Ind on Sunday/i9569313%
The Times12401261-2%
The Times/The Sunday Times15141534-1%
Daily Express11141123-1%
Daily Express/Sunday Express11861216-2%
Daily Mail42694298-1%
Daily Mail/The Mail on Sunday45374580-1%
Daily Mirror26392775-5%
Daily Mirror/Sunday Mirror28002949-5%
Daily/Sunday Mirror/Sunday People28853035-5%
Daily Star11581211-4%
Daily Star/Daily Star Sunday 12011244-3%
The Sun61236435-5%
The Sun/The Sun (Sunday)63796729-5%


The final part is somewhat inconclusive as the data provided by each of the publishers varies dramatically. There is very little uniformity in their ABC certification and conclusions, therefore, are not definitive.

But looking at the traffic for some of the publishers they provide us with some extra data pertaining to mobile traffic. Again, depending on the publication, we get different results. In the case of the Guardian they get 30% of their web traffic via ‘mobile’, whereas in the Mirror Group it accounts for 43% of their web traffic. From other sources the Telegraph is about 30% mobile and the FT is 50%.

But then there is further division in that some of that mobile traffic comes through the ‘app’ and some simply your website viewed on a mobile device (sim and non-sim). App Traffic accounts for varies 5% of the Mirror’s total mobile traffic and 16% of the Guardian’s, which is all pretty poor given all the emphasis publishers placed on apps.

The way forward is to build websites, responsive ones and ones that till facilitate a variety of browsers.  MailOnline   Mirror Group    
Unique Browsers 5,000,95211,768,620%l 2,449,876
Page Impressions 19,551,483 156,254,407   
Mobile Traffic1,438,91228.77% n/a 1,066,34943.53%
iPhone App      
App Unique Browsers 71,4421.43%540,0394.59%39,9591.63%
App Page Impressions 1,179,392 74,075,641   
Android App      
App Unique Browsers 152,4323.05%334,8432.85%17,3720.71%
App Page Impressions 1,861,834 29,040,015   
App Total Unique Browsers 223,8744.48%874,8827.43% 57,3312.34%
App Total Page Impressions 3,041,226 103,115,656   

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