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Democratic Convention Day One Dips From 2004

August 26, 2008 3:08 PM

ConventionThe Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday night to a lackluster opening, as Michelle Obama’s kickoff speech couldn’t overtake Bill Clinton’s talk in 2004.

The numbers of day one of the DNC are broken down here and here.

As for the rest of the night, NBC rolled out the season premiere of “Deal or No Deal” (2.8/9) to respectable numbers, and the launch of “America’s Toughest Jobs” (2.7/7). “Jobs” won the hour, but fell 31% from its “Deal” lead-in in total viewers to 7.5 million.

NBC finished the night in first place with a 2.3/6.

CBS took second with repeats, ending the night with a 1.8/5. Fox placed third with a 1.5/4, and ABC took fourth with a 0.8/2.

The CW was a close fifth with a 0.7/2.

What to Watch For Tonight
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—ABC, CBS, NBC
: The Democratic National Convention welcomes Sen. Hillary Clinton to give tonight’s main speech at 10 p.m. EDT. Heads up: All of your Democratic friends holding out for Hillary will call you after the speech still bemoaning Sen. Clinton’s loss in the Super Tuesday primaries and then inform you they are voting for John McCain/Ron Paul/the ghost of Grover Cleveland.

—NBC
: “America’s Got Talent” returns at 8 p.m. after a two-week break thanks to the Olympics. I know, your HPM (Hoff Per Minute) levels were running dangerously low.

—ABC: “Wipeout” at 8 p.m. is new. SPOILER ALERT: Someone falls in a muddy puddle. I know! I was just as shocked as you were.

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