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How the Ratings for the Two Political Conventions Break Down

Jul 29, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The numbers are in for this week’s Democratic National Convention, with the featured event, Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech on Thursday night, falling just short of the turnout for Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention a week earlier.

However, the Democrats did better overall during the four-night run of their convention than the GOP did, with the DNC posting stronger numbers over the first three nights.

Nielsen’s figures combine viewership during the climactic 10 p.m. hour on the broadcast networks, cable news channels and PBS stations. The turnout for Clinton’s speech posted a combined 33.3 million viewers, shy of the 34.9 million who watched Trump’s speech.

Here’s the breakdown by night:

Democratic National Convention

Day 1: 28.4 million viewers

Day 2: 28 million

Day 3: 27 million

Day 4: 33.3 million

Republican National Convention

Day 1: 23 million viewers

Day 2: 23 million

Day 3: 19.8 million

Day 4: 34.9 million

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