Nielsen//Netratings has released data for the month of October. The top search engines are ranked for share of total searches, number of searches and percentage of growth.
Google retains its position as the top search engine in U.S. It commands a share of searches which more than double when compared to Yahoo!, the distant second and more than five times of MSN, which is in the single digits here.
The stats are as follows:
Searches YOY Share of
Provider (000) Growth Searches
Google Search 3,022,326 23% 49.6%
Yahoo! Search 1,456,269 30% 23.9%
MSN/Windows Live Search 538,594 -8% 8.8%
AOL Search 375,045 1.9% 6.2%
Ask.com Search 168,076 25% 2.8%
See the report here.