Time: Any day of the week
Place: Vienna Metro, VA
Subject: Title Round For Commuter Newspapers
Stand out in front of the Vienna Metro station during rush hour and you will always see two competing free newspaper hawkers: The Washington Post Express and the Washington Examiner. (Occasionally you can get The Epoch Times if you care for inside China news.)
One is liberal, the other conservative. Both papers are funded solely by advertising.
The Express averages 30 pages during the week and 40 pages for the "Weekend" edition. Most of the Express' articles are reprints from the AP with a smattering of Post articles. From what I can see, it is also read by more people at Vienna. Average number of advertising pages in the middle: 10. Average daily circulation: 183,916.
The Examiner averages 45 pages during the week and about 55 pages for the "Weekend" edition. The Examiner also includes reprints from the AP, but also four pages of commentary. The Examiner is physically 1/7 taller than Express and has a lock on distribution at McPherson Square near the White House. Average number of advertising pages in the middle: 14. Average daily circulation: 93,000.
Since newspapers live and die by advertising, I'd say the Examiner is doing better than Express. I've noticed the thickness of the Express has been shrinking in the last few months.
However, since the Washington Post is a behemoth and enjoys pride of place in Washington, DC, the Express is still widely read and forms the basis of a wide swath of DC commuters' daily news and views. Judged by circulation, the Express is nearly double that of the Examiner.
You get to draw your own conclusions.