NewCanaanite.com last week reached 40,805 pageviews—the single-highest traffic week since the local news website launched nearly four years ago.
The week of Nov. 5 to 11 included Election Day—itself the fourth-highest-ever single traffic day on the New Canaanite, with 10,488 pageviews—as well as early National Letter of Intent Signing Day for New Canaan High School seniors. Here are the five most-read articles for the week:
- PHOTOS: Nine NCHS Student-Athletes Sign Early Letters of Intent To Play Sports in College
- Kevin Moynihan Wins New Canaan First Selectman Race by 33 Votes [UPDATED]
- Election 2017: New Canaan Hub [UPDATED]
- NewCanaanite.com Endorsement for First Selectman
- Police Chief: Multiple Cars—Unlocked, Keys Inside—Reported Stolen from New Canaan Homes Over Weekend
Here’s a look at some of the single most-trafficked weeks and their top stories since the launch of NewCanaanite.com on Jan. 31, 2014:
Highest-Ever Traffic Weeks, NewCanaanite.com
|Nov. 5 to 11, 2017||40,805||PHOTOS: Nine NCHS Student-Athletes Sign Early Letters of Intent To Play Sports in College|
|April 10 to 16, 2016||40,553||‘She Was the Best Soul I Knew’: Friends, Colleagues, Students and Parents Remember Kelly Devine|
|July 16 to 22, 2017||37,699||Republicans Back Moynihan, Williams at Caucus; Butterworth, Engel, Townsend and Young for Town Council [UPDATED]|
|July 9 to 15, 2017||36,517||‘Patio and Lawn Covered in Vomit’: New Canaan Dad, Son, Daughter Arrested after Underage Drinking Party|
|March 27 to April 2, 2016||35,766||After Angry Woman Throws Ice Cream Sundae, ‘BOGO Tuesdays’ at Baskin Robbins in Jeopardy|
|April 19 to 25, 2015||35,617||Gates Restaurant to Close Sunday; New Canaan Institution Has Been Sold|
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