You can’t escape the USA today – it being election day.

So on the back of that I thought I’d have a quick look at the leading papers in the US and see how they are fairing against the previous year.

They take a slightly different approach their ABC data as they combine the daily press circulation and the number of registered (ie access to restricted material) users.

On the face of it, the press looks like it’s in a very healthy position with eight of the top 14 papers having a better year than last. However it you look at the print editions, not one of them recorded an increase but all but one recorded an increase in their digital offering.       

Paper Print '12 Digital '12 Total '12 Print '11 Digital '11 Total '11 Print +/- Digital +/- Total +/-
Wall Street Journal 1,499,204 794,594 2,293,798 1,558,700 537,469 2,096,169 -3.82% 47.84% 9.43%
USA Today 1,627,526 86,307 1,713,833 1,731,846 52,396 1,784,242 -6.02% 64.72% -3.95%
New York Times 717,513 896,352 1,613,865 770,586 380,003 1,150,589 -6.89% 135.88% 40.26%
Los Angeles Times 489,792 151,577 641,369 534,843 38,155 572,998 -8.42% 297.27% 11.93%
New York Daily News 389,270 146,605 535,875 440,236 165,441 605,677 -11.58% -11.39% -11.52%
San Jose Mercury News 486,681 43,318 529,999 491,903 35,665 527,568 -1.06% 21.46% 0.46%
New York Post 344,755 178,113 522,868 441,201 70,866 512,067 -21.86% 151.34% 2.11%
Washington Post 434,693 27,535 462,228 480,310 27,155 507,465 -9.50% 1.40% -8.91%
Chicago Sun-Times 361,523 70,932 432,455 389,353 11.07%
Denver Post 236,223 176,446 412,669 268,811 84,304 353,115 -12.12% 109.30% 16.87%
Chicago Tribune 388,848 23,112 411,960 425,370 -3.15%
Dallas Morning News 345,342 64,788 410,130 363,720 45,922 409,642 -5.05% 41.08% 0.12%
Newsday 278,369 114,620 392,989 292,056 112,486 404,542 -4.69% 1.90% -2.86%
Houston Chronicle 234,483 91,331 325,814 299,995 69,715 369,710 -21.84% 31.01% -11.87%