Virtual RNC First Night Scores 17 Million Viewers -- Down 14% From Same DNC Night

The first night of the virtual Republican National Convention posted 17.0 million Nielsen-measured viewers among 11 networks -- 14% lower than the first night of the Democratic National Convention of the week before, which pulled in 19.75 million for the same collective networks.

The RNC's first night was also down 26% from the live RNC event back in 2016, where it produced 23.0 million viewers.

Between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. -- the approximate time period where the virtual TV RNC event aired -- Fox News Channel averaged 7.1 million Nielsen-measured viewers, while CNN came in at 2.01 million, followed by ABC with 1.97 million, NBC at 1.74 million, MSNBC with 1.57 million and CBS at 1.48 million. 

Viewership data from five other networks -- PBS, CNN en Español, Fox Business Network, Newsmax, and Newsy -- was not readily available.



Looking at the broader 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. prime-time period for three core cable TV news networks, Fox News Channel came in at 6.54 million viewers, with CNN at 2.04 million and MSNBC at 1.81 million.

For all ten TV networks, for the first night of the DNC event last week (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNN en Español, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and Newsy) 19.75 million viewers were earned -- down 20% from the same night in 2016.

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  1. PJ Lehrer from NYU, August 27, 2020 at 10:46 a.m.

    Could it be that people are tired of Trump reality tv?

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