Democratic National Convention Winning Ratings Race Against Repubicans

Democratic National Convention Winning Ratings Race Against Repubicans

UPDATE: The numbers for Night 3 continue the trend of more viewers for the Democrats than Republicans.

According to Variety, early numbers indicate 24.03 million people tuned in to hear vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama address the convention. The equivalent night of the 2016 RNC drew 23.4 million pairs of eyeballs last week.

According to sources, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – not wanting to see his numbers beat – sent an e-mail to his supporters urging them not to watch Hillary Clinton deliver her nomination acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic convention.


During the 10PM hour of the second night of the Democratic National Convention – across networks NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business Network – drew an average audience of 24.7 million.

Compare that to Night 2 of the 2016 Republican National Comvention last Tuesday which drew 5 million fewer viewers – 19.75 million.

The news was similar for opening nights of each convention with Democrats getting 26 million viewers, besting the Republicans first night last week by 3 million.