Not that this matters all that much, but this is interesting:
An average of approximately 24 million people watched Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening across the broadcast networks and on cable news, according to ratings data from Nielsen.
Viewership declined from 26 million on Night 1 of the DNC, and was down slightly from 2012, when a cumulative audience of 25 million people tuned into Night 2. That said, the DNC drew a larger audience than the second night of the Republican National Convention, which averaged 19.4 million viewers in the early ratings last week.
From 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, when the broadcasters and cable news channels were all covering the DNC, CNN led the pack with an average of 5.93 million viewers, followed by NBC with 5.28 million, MSNBC with 3.83 million, ABC [I think they meant CBS] with 3.46 million, ABC with 2.95 million and Fox News with 2.85 million.
Here’s the RNC summary for Day 2:
Night 2 of the Republican National Convention saw ratings for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC decline from Night 1, even as the ratings on NBC rose. Compared to Night 2 of the RNC in 2012, however, CNN more than doubled its audience, while Fox News was down by nearly 2.5 million viewers.
From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., when all of the networks were covering the convention, Fox News led the way with 5.26 million viewers, including 1.16 million in the core adults 25-54 demographic. NBC placed second in total viewers with 4.68 million, but first in the demo with 1.56 million. CNN averaged 3.06 million total viewers, and 944,000 demo viewers, while CBS averaged 2.54 million total viewers and 792,000 demo viewers, ABC 2.33 million viewers and 749,000 demo viewers, and MSNBC 1.53 million total viewers and 467,000 demo viewers.
In prime time, when only the cable news channels were wall to wall with convention coverage, Fox News averaged 4.84 million viewers, CNN 2.79 milion and MSNBC 1.54 million.
My speculation is that Wingnuttia has once again retreated to their notorious bubble, which is usually when the fun begins as they try to unskew the polls to show that they are winning. But what I think we are seeing is that there is much more interest in the DNC than the RNC (which I hope translates into engagement for the General Election).
I think this is significant when you consider that Fox News is essentially the mouth piece of the GOP.
Nielsen (and the networks) measure 2016 against 2012 typically, but not usually RNC vs. DNC. So… our results may vary and objects in mirror are closer than they appear.
Any statisticians in the crowd who want to look at this?