RT, formerly Russia Today, was the most popular foreign TV channel in five key U.S. urban areas in 2011, a survey carried out by Nielsen media research company revealed.
The survey was carried out in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. The channel’s U.S. audience has more than doubled over the past year, making RT the most watched foreign TV channel in those cities.
Margarita Sminonyan, the broadcaster’s editor-in-chief, said the channel is winning over U.S. viewers by providing an alternative to the mainstream media.
“With a global reach of over 430 million people, or 22% of all cable subscribers worldwide, RT news covers the major issues of our time for viewers wishing to question more,” the channel’s website said.