[Guest post by DRJ]
The Republican Convention averaged more viewers per day than the Democratic Convention:
“This week’s ratings, with an average of 34.5 million viewers watching the GOP convention over three days, proved people are becoming more interested in what the Republicans have to say. The Democrats had an average audience of 30.2 million over four days, Nielsen said.”
In addition, John McCain drew as many viewers as Barack Obama:
“As a television draw, John McCain was every bit the equal of Barack Obama.
The GOP presidential candidate attracted roughly the same number of viewers to his convention acceptance speech Thursday as Obama did before the Democrats last week, according to Nielsen Media Research.”
No one knows for sure what the exact ratings are because PBS reports estimates based on sampling, but reports suggest that
42.4 million viewers watched both Obama’s and McCain’s speeches Obama and McCain each had 42.4 million viewers. McCain’s speech was carried on 4 fewer commercial networks than Obama’s.
UPDATE: John McCain and Sarah Palin are drawing Obama-like crowds, the biggest crowds of his campaign:
“Beginning with her [Palin’s] announcement last Friday in Dayton, Ohio, McCain has drawn more enthusiasm and packed in more people to his events than at any time during his campaign.
The two events Friday both drew about 10,000 people, comparable numbers to what the newly-formed ticket saw last weekend.”
Some of this could be due to the fact that it’s the last 60 days and people are more focused on the election. It could be that … but I doubt it. The change in interest is too sudden and pronounced.
Nobody doesn’t love Sarah L. Nobody doesn’t like Sarah P.