Television ratings for the first night of the Democratic National Convention are in, and, so far, the DNC is significantly more popular than its Republican counterpart.
It is estimated that 28.4 million people tuned in to watch the convention, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Only 23 million tuned in for the Republican National Convention.
When the ratings are broken down by network, CNN is the resounding winner, with 6.2 million viewers tuning in. MSNBC came in second with 4.6 million viewers, while NBC brought in 4.3 million viewers. ABC came in next with 4.1 million, Fox News brought in 3.3 million, CBS pulled in 3.2 million, and PBS received 2.7 million.
CNN was also the winner among the coveted demographic of adults aged 25-54, with 2.2 million viewers who fit this category tuning in.
The ratings from this year’s convention also surpass ratings for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The first night of that convention yielded only 26.2 million viewers.
The DNC’s impressive lineup of speakers likely influenced its high viewer turnout. The first night of the convention featured speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, comedian Sarah Silverman, and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Compared to the Republican National Convention’s lineup of B-list actors and Donald Trump’s children, it is not exactly surprising that people were more inclined to turn up for the Democrats.
Many of last night’s speakers focused primarily on party unity. The Democratic Party has experienced its fair share of drama recently, what with the DNC email hacking that revealed plots to turn voters away from Bernie Sanders and the firing of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Schultz’s replacement, Marcia Fudge, spoke at the convention yesterday and, in light of the scandal surrounding the DNC, her welcome from the crowd was less-than warm.
Despite unrest from those who feel slighted by the DNC, the first night of the convention still featured many speeches encouraging both attendees and viewers at home to unite behind Hillary Clinton and keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
The video below features the top eight moments from the first night of the convention. The list was compiled by The Hollywood Reporter.
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