Nielsen swings continue as publishers seek to improve measurement coverage

Jumps in estimated audiences measured by Nielsen have continued, with ABC News’ website audiences swelling by more than 10% for the month of June to a unique audience of 8.610m, new Nielsen figures show.

According to Nielsen’s new Digital Content Ratings monthly tagged methodology, ABC News has seen a 14% increase in its audience over last month’s figures. That’s compared to a 5% jump for – from 7.722m to 8.153m, a 2.8% jump for – from 8.827m to 9.084m – and declines of 17% and almost 10% for Daily Mail Australia and The Guardian Australia respectively.

Last month, Daily Mail Australia’s unique audience was 5.894m, while now it sits at 5.036m. Meanwhile, The Guardian has fallen from 3.277m last month to 2.982m.

Daily Mail Australia’s managing director, Peter Holder, had no further comment other than to say he accepted the result and supports Nielsen DCR. The Guardian Australia was also approached for comment.

Nielsen has made a note in this month’s release, arguing some of the drastic changes are to be attributed to publishers improve their tagging.


Also under the new IAB-endorsed measurement tool, time spent on site has decreased dramatically, compared to the Digital Ratings Monthly figures.

In April,’s time spent per person sat at 35 minutes and 35 seconds. That number is now at 23 minutes and 46 seconds, according to Nielsen’s June figures. has also seen a major decrease in time spent on site – 52 minutes and one second in April compared to 23 minutes and 51 seconds in June. Another major drop is The Daily Mail Australia, from 47 minutes and two seconds in April, to 15m and seven seconds in June.

The new time spent per person figured are much lower than the DRM metric showed Source: Nielsen

Although the changes can be attributed to the fact off-platform tags – such as those on Facebook – are now counted in the metric, engagement is a priority for media buyers.

The results come several weeks after Nielsen first released the metric, which saw the likes of, Nine and the ABC increase their unique audience sizes by millions. Daily Mail Australia saw its audience grow two-fold within the two months.

The new service replaces the Digital Ratings Monthly survey system, which promised better measurement of mobile audiences and websites after publishers had expressed disquiet over the methodology. The dispute caused Fairfax to pull out of the system, while BBC News withdrew from the metric since last week. The new methodology measures those publishers which choose to put in a tag on their various platforms.

For the small to medium size publishers who are currently tagged, BuzzFeed Australia leads the numbers, with a unique audience of 3.369m – bigger than The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, APN News Network, The Australian and

Mamamia’s unique audience is 1.953m, Vice’s audience sits at 1.016m while Junkee Media and Pedestrian’s audiences are at 1.005m and 1.079m respectively.


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