May 23, 2002

The Not-So-New Television News Landscape

Jan. 2002 Feb. 2002 Mar. 2002 Apr. 2002
Hard News 48% 44% 64% 79%
Government 6% 7% 5% 1%
Military 20% 11% 18% 9%
Domestic Affairs 11% 10% 14% 7%
Foreign Affairs 11% 16% 27% 62%
Celebrity News 2% 2% 2% 0%
Crime/Law/ Courts 14% 14% 9% 5%
Business/ Economy 19% 10% 5% 5%
Science & Technology 2% 2% 2% 1%
Lifestyle 15% 27% 14% 6%
Religion 0% 1% 4% 4%

In the first four months of 2002, the shock of the terror attacks of September 11th began to taper off, and network evening news returned to a news diet similar to that before the crisis.