35.7 million people watched the final night of the Democratic convention on Thursday between 10 and 11 p.m. Eastern time, according to the Nielsen company. That’s when the president delivered his nomination acceptance speech.
Last week, Mitt Romney had 30.3 million viewers for his speech at the GOP convention, with an assist from Clint Eastwood.
However, in 2008, Nielsen said candidate Barack Obama’s speech was seen by 38.3 million. But that estimate did not include PBS’ audience, which no doubt pushed the audience over 40 million.
Even though NBC did not show the second night of this year’s convention due to the NY Giants vs Dallas Cowboys football game, loyal viewers returned to Brian Williams for the final night. NBC’s coverage was seen by 7.38 million viewers on Thursday.
CNN was second with 5.56 million viewers, MSNBC had 4.55 million, ABC had 4 million, PBS had 3.86 million, CBS had 3.29 million and Fox News Channel had 2.86 million, according to Nielsen.