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U.S. local newscasts: coronavirus viewership impact 2020

Between the weeks of February 10 and March 9, 2020, the top 25 DMAs (Designated Market Areas) in the United States saw an average increase of 11 percent in daily household viewership of local news. Several markets saw growth of more than 15 percent, though the highest was Seattle-Tacoma with 28 percent more households viewing local news on a daily basis in the week ending March 9 than in the corresponding week of February 2020.

Coronavirus impact: increase in average household viewership of local newscasts in the United States between February 10 and March 9, 2020

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March 2020


United States

Survey time period

February 10 to March 9, 2020

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