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26 Million (and Counting)

Topics: Conventions , Democrats , Ratings

Following up on yesterday's post on the Nielsen ratings for the first night of the convention. A.C. Nielsen sends a press release pointing to their new blog site "with background information on political, Olympics and other viewing information."

Here's the latest:

1) Hillary's night (26.0 million viewers) had higher ratings than Michelle's night (22.3 million viewers).

2) African Americans continue to watch the convention in a higher proportion than the rest of the population (the African American rating, or percentage of the African American population watching, was 12.7 vs. a 9.0 for the population as a whole)

3) Almost five times as many people (26.0 million) watched Day Two coverage in 2008 vs. Day Two in 2004 (5.9 million) when only the cable networks covered the convention.

 

Comments
RS:

Unfortunately, those millions of viewers are missing most of the convention... Lilly Ledbetter, Nydia Velasquez, Ted Strickland, even Kathleen Sebelius. CNN only showed Schweitzer apparently because of the tremendous response he was getting - but the others, particularly the "real people" and Ledbetter (given yesterday's significance), are no less important.

I was really irritated by the repeated cut-aways to the blathering talking heads on CNN. I ended up watching much of the convention online at CNN.com, though tonight I might go C-SPAN or PBS.

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Cephme:

I wonder what the CSPAN ratings were. Does CSPAN even get tracked? What I have found myself doing during the convention is watching the speeches on CSPAN and then flipping back to the cable news outlets during breaks to see their reaction. I doubt I am alone in this.

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SwingVote:

I watched first night on CNN. It was a disaster. I don't care about what CNN guys think at this moment. I want to watch the convention. They can talk about it as much as they want afterwards.

I watched second day on CSPAN. It was great to watch the convention without somebody (CNN) telling me how to feel about the speeches.

I think Biden's and Kerry's speeches were right on the target. Beau Biden looked bright.

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Mark,

I'm having a hard time understanding the numbers for the presidential race. Currently pollster is giving Obama 260 votes - McCain 176. I counted up the votes (from the map) for Obama, and he's got 159 strong votes - 46 leaning. Why the 260???

What's up with that?

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borderpeak:

Korioth,

You have probably figured out by now that the map does represent 260 either strong or leaning.

If not, and anyway, an easy way to work the electoral math is to use the interactive site www.270towin.com. It is fast and fun, plus it has maps of all previous elections. A good site.

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voteforamerica:
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