comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for July 2008

RESTON, VA, August 15, 2008 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at the top online properties for July 2008 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Continuing the summer trends in Web usage observed last month, leisure-oriented categories demonstrated gains in July, including travel, retail, tickets and entertainment news.

“The summer months tend to draw Americans to more leisure pursuits and that was certainly the case in July,” commented Jack Flanagan, executive vice president of comScore Media Metrix. “Ground travel and cruise sites gained once again, as many Americans sought more budget-friendly ways to enjoy their summer vacations amid economic and fuel price concerns. Summer blockbusters and big celebrity news also provided a boost to the entertainment categories.”

Traffic to Travel Sites Continues to Grow

Several travel categories gained in July as Americans left for summer vacations. The travel – ground/cruise category jumped 10 percent to 12.7 million visitors, making it the top-gaining category for the month, while the travel-information category grew 7 percent to 47.6 million visitors.

The hotels/resorts category gained 6 percent to more than 34 million visitors. Some of the top-gainers in the category included (up 6 percent to 5.2 million), Choice Hotels International (up 8 percent to 3.2 million) and (up 11 percent to 2.7 million).

Certain Retail Categories Gain Despite Weak Economy
Despite a sluggish retail economy in the U.S., a handful of retail categories achieved traffic increases in July, possibly due to consumers shopping online instead of using expensive gasoline to drive to the store. Retail – consumer goods sites rose 8 percent to 22.5 million visitors, including double-digit growth by Sites (up 22 percent to 6.5 million visitors), Office Depot (up 12 percent to 4.8 million visitors), and (up 32 percent to 1.6 million visitors).

Meanwhile, the retail – mall category increased 7 percent to 28 million visitors, led by AOL Shopping with 6.3 million visitors (up 19 percent), MSN Shopping with 5.8 million visitors and QVC Sites with 5 million visitors.

The Dark Knight and other Summer Movies Drive Traffic to Ticket Sites
With the release of several highly anticipated summer films, most prominently The Dark Knight, retail – ticket sites grew 5 percent to more than 44 million visitors as movie goers pre-purchased tickets to avoid long lines and sell outs at theaters. Moviefone led the category with 17.5 million visitors (up 12 percent), while Fandango posted a 29-percent gain to 9.3 million visitors and jumped 13 percent to 4.7 million visitors.

Hot Celebrity Gossip Stories Prompt Growth at Entertainment News Sites
July was packed with major celebrity stories including the birth of Angelina and Brad’s twins and Christie Brinkley’s public divorce, which helped boost the entertainment news category 5 percent to 52.7 million visitors. Gossip site omg! led the category with more than 16 million visitors, a 19-percent gain from June, followed by TMZ with 9.7 million visitors (up 9 percent) and People with 8.8 million visitors (up 4 percent).

Top 50 Properties

Google Sites maintained its #1 position in the Top Properties ranking, reaching 141.6 million Americans in July, while Yahoo! Sites captured the second spot with 140.3 million and Microsoft Sites ranked third with 120.2 million visitors. CBS Corporation jumped 27 spots to #10 due to its recent acquisition of CNET Networks, which resulted in an incremental gain of nearly 30 million visitors to the property. Ask Network moved up two positions in the top 10 to #7 with 58.6 million visitors.

Top 50 Ad Focus Ranking
Platform-A, which includes, Quigo and other ad networks, led the Ad Focus ranking in July, reaching 90 percent of the 189 million Americans online. Yahoo! Network (85 percent reach) ranked second, followed by Google Ad Network (81 percent reach), and Specific Media (81 percent reach).

comScore Top 10 Gaining Properties by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors* (U.S.)

July 2008 vs. June 2008

Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations

Source: comScore Media Metrix

Total Unique Visitors (000)

Jun-08 Jul-08 % Change Rank by
Unique Visitors

Total Internet:
Total Audience 189,873 189,134 0 N/A

CBS Corporation 20,867 48,191 131 10

The Mozilla Organization 9,634 18,323 90 42

Infospace Network 9,840 13,467 37 69

General Mills 4,230 5,779 37 185

Nordstrom, Inc. 3,810 5,201 37 205

ABCNEWS DIGITAL 5,911 8,058 36 127

GSN Games Network 4,627 6,308 36 173

Vlaze Media Networks, Inc. 6,190 8,386 35 120

GAMEVANCE.COM 4,158 5,588 34 194

EVERSAVE.COM 5,398 7,192 33 145

*Ranking based on the top 250 properties in July 2008

comScore Top 10 Gaining Categories by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors (U.S.)

July 2008 vs. June 2008

Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations

Source: comScore Media Metrix

Total Unique Visitors (000)

Jun-08 Jul-08 % Change

Total Internet: Total Audience 189,873 189,134 0

Travel – Ground/Cruise 11,484 12,663 10

Retail – Consumer Goods 20,795 22,455 8

Retail – Mall 26,123 28,068 7

Retail – Movies 25,251 26,985 7

Travel – Information 44,631 47,569 7

Travel – Hotels/Resorts 32,282 34,095 6

Online Gambling 12,038 12,648 5

Retail – Tickets 42,166 44,228 5

Entertainment – News 50,315 52,735 5

Career Services and Development 59,031 61,544 4

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