A special two-hour "Talent" grabbed the best ratings of the night with a Nielsen Media Research preliminary 2.7 rating/8 share and some 10.1 million average viewers overall. All this gave NBC a 2.3/7 for its entire Wednesday.
But when it comes to the commercial broadcast network convention coverage--which was limited to one hour, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.--NBC as well as its rivals dipped on the night, although it featured speeches from President Bill Clinton and Sen. Joe Biden. These oratories couldn't compete with the numbers delivered by Sen. Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
NBC had a 1.6/5 rating among 18-49 viewers and 5.6 million overall viewers on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, NBC had 6.04 million viewers. ABC was at a 0.9/3 and 3.31 million viewers on Wednesday. ABC was at 4.27 million the night before.
Only CBS was able to raise its numbers--3.59 million viewers from 3.39 million--although its adult 18-49 viewers dipped somewhat to a 0.9/3 from a 1.0/3.
Earlier in the evening, all other networks refused to do battle--all running reruns, except for NBC's two-hour "Talent" and CBS, which earned a 1.7/5 for "Greatest American Dog" at 8 p.m. Fox came in second to NBC on the night--with a 1.7/5. CBS was next at a 1.4/4, and ABC was at 1.1/3, with CW bringing up the rear at a 0.4/1.