Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

Biden tops Trump in Nielsen ratings for convention speech

The television ratings for President Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention are in — and he probably won’t like them.

According to overnight data from Nielsen, Trump’s primetime speech on Thursday night drew a rating of 14.1, which means 14.1 percent of homes in more than 50 major markets around the country tuned in.

Joe Biden, by comparison, drew a 17.5 rating for his acceptance speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

The overnight ratings include combined viewership data from the six major U.S. network and cable news channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. They do not include online and streaming viewers.

In terms of viewers, an estimated 23.6 million watched Biden’s acceptance speech, which was 22 minutes long, compared with the 21.6 million who watched Trump’s 70-minute RNC address. Final viewership totals will be released by Nielsen later Friday afternoon.

While TV ratings were down for both conventions compared with 2016, the Democratic convention drew higher overnight ratings than the GOP in 2020 on each of their four nights. 

The biggest ratings gap came on night three, when Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, drew a 16.2 rating for her acceptance speech, compared with the 10.5 rating Vice President Mike Pence drew for his.

45 PHOTOSRNC 2020See GalleryRNC 2020Vice President Mike Pence arrives with his wife Karen Pence to speak on the third day of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with frontline workers in a pre-recorded video broadcasted during the virtual convention on August 24, 2020.The convention is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include speeches from various locations including Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, DC. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 24: Kimberly Guilfoyle pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced the Republican Party to move away from an in-person convention to a televised format, similar to the Democratic Party’s convention a week earlier. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Tiffany Trump walks on stage to tape her her speech for the second day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. 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(Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, U.S. President Donald Trump (C) speaks with freed hostages (L-R) Pastor Andrew Brunson, Sam Goodwin, Michael White, Joshua and Tamara Holt and Pastor Bryan Nerran in a pre-recorded video broadcasted during the virtual convention on August 24, 2020. The convention is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include speeches from various locations including Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, DC. 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Vernon Jones (D-GA) addresses the virtual convention on August 24, 2020.The convention is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include speeches from various locations including Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, DC. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with frontline workers in a pre-recorded video broadcasted during the virtual convention on August 24, 2020.The convention is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include speeches from various locations including Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, DC. 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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 25: Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump, pre-records his address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Republican Party to move away from an in-person convention to a televised format, similar to the Democratic Party’s convention a week earlier. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 25: A stage manager adjusts the tie of Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump, before he pre-records his address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Republican Party to move away from an in-person convention to a televised format, similar to the Democratic Party’s convention a week earlier. 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Shortly after the overnight numbers were released, the Biden campaign took a dig at the ratings-obsessed president.

“I always forget, does @realDonaldTrump care about his television ratings?” tweeted TJ Ducklo, national press secretary for the Biden campaign. “Or is that not something he cares about? Like, do you think it’ll trigger him that @JoeBiden’s speech got way bigger ratings than his did?”

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted his thanks for “Great Ratings & Reviews” of his speech.

Viewership comparisons

2020 conventions | Overnight ratings

• DNC night 1: 14.6

• RNC night 1: 11.6

• DNC night 2: 14.5

• RNC night 2: 12.4

• DNC night 3: 16.2

• RNC night 3: 10.5

• DNC night 4: 17.5

• RNC night 4: 14.1

 

2020 conventions | No. of TV viewers

• DNC night 1: 19,749,000

• RNC night 1: 17,010,000

• DNC night 2: 19,215,000

• RNC night 2: 19,424,000

• DNC night 3: 22,785,000

• RNC night 3: 17,321,000

• DNC night 4: 24,603,000

• RNC night 4: N/A

 

2016 conventions | No. of TV viewers

• DNC night 1: 25,952,000

• RNC night 1: 23,019,000

• DNC night 2: 24,708,000

• RNC night 2: 19,754,000

• DNC night 3: 24,431,000

• RNC night 3: 23,371,000

• DNC night 4: 29,803,000

• RNC night 4: 32,202,000

 

Source: Nielsen

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