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ARLINGTON, VA., June 26, 2008 – Recent data from Internet measurement service Hitwise shows receiving a larger percentage of U.S. visits than the six leading commercial broadcast network Web sites for the weeks ending May 31, June 7, 14 and 21 (details below*).

In addition, for the entire 2007-2008 television season, was third among the six commercial broadcast network Web sites, receiving 18.87% of U.S. visits among the networks, (see source**), with visits to up 25% compared to the 2006-2007 Season.” (See “season to season comparison,” below.)

“Much of this growth has been driven by enhancements to’s video offerings and by our focus on search engine optimization,” Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President PBS Interactive, said. “We’ve added many hundreds of hours of full-length video to the site and will be accelerating that effort this fall with the launch of additional series and a huge new video offering for kids.”

”We expect to see another big bump this winter when we launch a major redesign of and extend our video offerings to local PBS station Web sites across the country,” Seiken said.

John Boland, PBS’ Chief Content Officer, commented, “This achievement is further evidence that media technology has finally caught up with the mission of public broadcasting. PBS provides high quality content that informs, educates and entertains and for more than a decade we’ve built content-rich Web sites for nearly every program.

“In an on-demand, long-tail media world, our content has lasting value and a very long shelf life. Since much of our traffic comes through search, the PBS brand assures users of quality and reliability. By connecting with its millions of PBS enthusiasts on their own schedule, rather than via a singular broadcast schedule, PBS is entering a new golden era, with content people are accessing in a variety of ways, when and where they want.”

Hitwise Ranking by Visits Week ending 6/21/2008
RankWebsiteDomainMarket Share
1PBS Onlinewww.pbs.org24.23%
5*FOX Aggregation*FOX Aggregation17.32%
6The CW Television Networkwww.cwtv.com3.33%

Hitwise Ranking by Visits Week ending 6/14/2008
RankWebsiteDomainMarket Share
1PBS Onlinewww.pbs.org24.25%
5*FOX Aggregation*FOX Aggregation16.00%
6The CW Television Networkwww.cwtv.com3.74%

Hitwise Ranking by Visits Week ending 6/7/2008
RankWebsiteDomainMarket Share
1PBS Onlinewww.pbs.org24.67%
4*FOX Aggregation*FOX Aggregation15.40%
6The CW Television Networkwww.cwtv.com3.86%

Hitwise Ranking by Visits Week ending 5/31/2008
RankWebsiteDomainMarket Share
1PBS Onlinewww.pbs.org24.86%
3*FOX Aggregation*FOX Aggregation18.53%
6The CW Television Networkwww.cwtv.com3.98%

Season to Season Comparison

RankNetworkWebsite2007-08 Season2006-07 SeasonPercent Change
5FOX*FOX Aggregation14.20%14.10%1%
6The CW Television Networkwww.cwtv.com5.36%4.41%22%
**Source: Rankings based on the average market share of U.S. visits among a custom category of commercial broadcast network websites (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW and MyNetwork) and for the weeks ending September 29, 2007 - May 24, 2008 and September 23, 2006 - May 26, 2007 (Sunday – Saturday) from the Hitwise sample of 10 million U.S. Internet users. * includes traffic aggregated from for ABC and stand alone websites,,,, and for

* Source: The rankings are based on the market share of U.S. visits, not viewing, among a custom category of commercial broadcast networks websites (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW and MyNetwork) and PBS for the week ending May 31, June 7 and June 14, 2008 (Sunday – Saturday) from the Hitwise sample of 10 million U.S. Internet users. Includes traffic aggregated from standalone websites,,,, and

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