September 5, 2004
VOTING WITH OUR CLICKERS:
Bush's Convention Tops Kerry's in Primetime Polling (Cynthia Littleton, 9/05/04, Hollywood Reporter)
The country may be more or less evenly divided along partisan lines when it comes to the presidential race, but the Republican Party prevailed in the Nielsen polling of this summer's nominating conventions.
The GOP's four-day gathering in New York's Madison Square Garden, which wrapped Thursday, brought in an aggregate average of 22.6 million viewers in the primetime hours covered by ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. That compares with an average of 20.4 million viewers for coverage of the Democratic Party's July 26-29 confab in Boston on the same six outlets.
On Thursday, President Bush's acceptance speech, which ran from about 10-11:15 p.m. EDT, yielded an average of 27.6 million viewers, compared with 24.4 million for the big moment in Boston for his Democratic challenger, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. [...]
Overall, the Republican Party had more pull with viewers this time around than it did four years ago. In 2000, the GOP's July 31-Aug. 3 nominating convention averaged 19.2 million viewers, while the Democrats' Aug. 14-17 gathering that crowned former Vice President Al Gore as their candidate fared slightly better with an average of 20.6 million viewers.
Democrats have to wish no one had watched at all. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2004 11:17 PM