Most popular websites for news in the world: Monthly top 50 listing

Top 50 most popular news websites in the world: Wordle fuels huge New York Times traffic growth

Top 50 biggest news websites in the world: New York Times fastest growing in May 2022

The New York Times was the fastest growing top news sites in the world in May 2022, according to Press Gazette’s latest ranking of the 50 biggest English-language news websites in the world. 

The New York Times website, which has seen a recent run of strong growth was the fastest growing top ten site with visits to up 52% year-on-year to 524.6 million according to data from digital intelligence platform, Similarweb.  NYT year on year traffic growth has been helped by the acquisition of popular online game Wordle in February 2022.

It was followed by  to which visits were up 14% to 373.3 million and CNN (641.8 million visits, up 4%).


The fastest growing site overall among the whole top 50 list was again, Live Universal Awareness Map (, which presents updates on conflicts in the form of a map (53.2m visits, up 1987%). Its huge surge is due to increased interest in its Ukraine coverage compared to the low base from which it started.

Website of British tabloid, The Mirror was among the minority of news websites that saw year-on-year traffic growth in May. Visits to increased 7% to 94.7 million.

It was among only 16 sites that saw more traffic this May compared to the same month last year.


In contrast to last month when almost every website in the top 50 saw less traffic month-on-month,  many sites performed better in May than April. All but nine sites in the top 50 had more visitors this month. (55.3 million visits, up 28% month-on-month) and Australian broadcaster’s site (113.9 million visits, up 25%) saw the biggest month-on-month gains. 

Among the top ten, Yahoo Finance (262 million visits, up 9% month-on-month) and Fox News (272.2 million visits, up 8% month-on-month) saw the biggest monthly growth. 

The BBC maintained its spot at the top of the ranking as the biggest news website in the world (1.1bn visits). In second place was (878.1 million visits) and CNN’s sites.  The New York Times was fourth while Google News came in fifth (500.1 million visits). Similarweb’s data for the BBC includes visits to the BBC’s main site as well as its news offering, while its data for MSN is for the entire portal.

Mail Online (sixth place) was the best-ranked British newsbrand after the BBC, while (293.5 million visits, seventh place) was the only other British name in the top ten. 

Similarweb generates its traffic data by applying machine learning and modelling to the statistically representative datasets that the company collects. Datasets are based on direct measurement (i.e. websites and apps that choose to share first-party analytics with Similarweb); contributory networks that aggregate device data; partnerships and public data extraction from websites and apps.

Press Gazette uses Similarweb data for its US and worldwide top 50 English-language news ranking stories so we can compare figures across publishers, who differ in how they measure their own audience data.

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