March 12, 2007

U.S. Daily Newspaper Circulation, 5-year Increments

Weekday Morning Weekday Evening Total Weekday Sunday
1940 16.1 25 41.1 32.4
1945 19.2 29.1 48.4 39.9
1950 21.3 32.6 53.8 46.6
1955 22.2 34 56.1 46.4
1960 24 34.9 58.9 47.7
1965 24.1 36.3 60.4 48.6
1970 25.9 36.2 62.1 49.2
1975 25.5 35.2 60.7 51.1
1980 29.4 32.8 62.2 54.7
1985 36.4 26.4 62.8 58.8
1990 41.3 21 62.3 62.6
1995 44.3 13.9 58.2 61.2
2000 46.8 9 55.8 59.4
2005 46.1 7.2 53.3 55.3

Evening newspaper circulation overall began to decline in the 1970s as more evening papers died, and Sunday circulation began to drop in the late 1980s. By 1989, total newspaper circulation began to decline, and in 2000 the last holdout, weekday morning circulation, also took a downward turn.