Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention fell slightly short of Donald Trump’s, at least in terms of Nielsen ratings.
The measurement service reports Thursday’s final night of the Democratic gathering in Philadelphia averaged 29.8 million viewers from 10 to 11:45 p.m. ET, compared with 32.2 million who watched the equivalent night of Republican finale last week. Nielsen measures 10 commercial broadcast and cable networks; PBS separately reported that Clinton drew 3.9 million Thursday, compared with 2.8 million for Trump last week. So the combined average was 33.7 million for Clinton, and 35 million for Trump.
Until Thursday, the Democrats had bested the Republicans in ratings on each of the previous three nights of their convention, perhaps because of star appeal. And Fox News, which dominated the Republican ratings race by a wide margin, ranked sixth this week, while CNN led all other networks.
Looking only at the commercial broadcast and cable networks, the Republicans were up by 2 million viewers compared to Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech on the final night of the 2012 GOP meeting, Nielsen says, while the Democrats scored 35.7 million for President Obama’s final night of the 2012 Democratic meeting.
Convention Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Democratic 26.0 24.7 24.4 29.8
Republican 23.0 19.8 23.4 32.2
Commercial broadcast and cable network viewership, in millions, for each night of the convention from 10 p.m. ET onward.