Which Election Convention's Opening Night had Bigger TV Ratings?

Headline Roundup August 25th, 2020

According to the Nielsen Corporation, 17 million people watched the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) on television. Nielsen data suggests 19.7 million watched the opening night of last week's Democratic National Convention (DNC) on television. C-SPAN's livestream of the RNC's first night was seen by roughly 440,000 people; roughly 76,000 saw the DNC's first night on C-SPAN's livestream. Both events saw roughly a 25% decline in total viewership from the first night of the 2016 conventions.

Some reports in left-rated sources concentrated on the higher number of DNC viewers. Some coverage from center- and right-rated outlets focused specifically on the C-SPAN numbers, and on the fact that total viewership of the DNC's opening night was down from 2016. Reports on all sides, but especially from right-rated media, also focused on Fox News setting a record for the most-watched opening night coverage of a national party convention in cable news history.

Which Election Convention's Opening Night had Bigger TV Ratings?

From the Right
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The opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention blew last week’s Democratic snoozefest out of the water, drawing in six times more viewers on C-SPAN’s livestream.

Approximately 440,000 people tuned in to watch the first night of the virtual GOP convention on Monday, compared to just 76,000 views for the first night of the DNC, according to a Hill report.

While the Democratic gathering boasted speeches from big names such as former first lady Michelle Obama, who gave a rousing endorsement of Joe Biden and drew the ire of...

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From the Center
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A total of 17 million people watched the mostly virtual Republican National Convention’s first night on Monday, according to Nielsen, fewer than the 19.7 million viewers who watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

The 17 million RNC number reflects the audience across 11 TV networks between 10 p.m EDT and 11 p.m. EDT and does not include online and streaming viewers. Fox News had the biggest audience, with 7.1 million viewers.

Ratings for the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention reflected viewers across 10 U.S....

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From the Left
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Shortly after the start of the Republican National Convention on Monday, President Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale complained that Fox News had repeatedly cut away.

“Can’t believe I have to watch the convention on @CNN,” Mr. Parscale carped on Twitter. “Unbelievable.”

Plenty of viewers ignored his advice.

A significant portion of the convention’s TV audience on Monday — 42 percent — watched live on Fox News, one of the biggest ratings days in the network’s history, according to Nielsen. Fox News typically leads the pack during a Republican convention,...

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