It is among the top three broadsheets in the country, by circulation, along with the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Manila Bulletin, with other Philippine newspapers trailing far behind. Data from the Neilsen Media Index for the first quarter of 2008 show that the Philippine Star is the most read broadsheet in the Philippine capital of Metro Manila, with a Monday-to-Saturday readership of 47.4%. As of the last semester of 2007, the Media Index also showed that the Star is the number one broadsheet among the ABC1 socio-economic class, with 47.3% of the market, up from 35.7% the previous year.  A separate survey by the Nielsen Media Research - Print Advertising Information Service, which monitors print advertising placements, shows that in 2007, the STAR received the lion's share of advertising expenditure among all other Philippine broadsheets.
On Monday, March 11, 2013, The Philippine Star published Christine Bersola-Babao entitled "Being Gay". She was at the receiving end of online flak for her homophobic point of view. The Philippine Star has celebrity writers to boost sales